ID: 26165
Lectures on social science and the organization of labor.

HOLE, James, Lectures on social science and the organization of labor. London: John Chapman. 1851.

8vo., (2) + xi + (2) + 6 - 182pp., contemporary black half calf over marbled boards, raised bands, spine gilt lettered, the binding sound but generally somewhat worn. A good copy.

First separate edition. (Reprinted from The Truth-Seeker and Present Age).

James Hole (1819/20 - 1895) was a Victorian social reformer of some standing and was "an important figure in progressive socialist, Owenite, and co-operative circles from the 1840s to the 1870s. His practical activism was largely confined to Leeds, where he was closely associated with the Leeds Redemption Society and influenced Samuel Smiles, but his writings gave him wider influence, and have been much quoted both for their insight into mid-nineteenth-century conditions and as examples of the contemporary critique of laissez-faire attitudes. As a leading figure in the Leeds District Flour Mill Society, a forerunner of the Leeds Industrial Co-operative Society of which he was a director from 1849, Hole was at the forefront of the transition of co-operation in Leeds from utopianism to practical reform. He was one of a number of figures, among them George Jacob Holyoake, who, although indebted to Robert Owen's emphasis on social reform, were, under the influence of a variety of factors including Ricardian socialism and the ideas of Carlyle and Emerson, and of Louis Blanc and Mazzini, attracted to the philosophy of ‘associationism’, with its stress on practical reform through voluntary organization. His writings and lectures on association were collected in Lectures on Social Science (1851)." [M. Hewitt in ODNB]. The eight lectures comprising this collection are headed 'Laissez-Faire', The Labor-question, Surplus laborers, economists and the Poor Law, Organization of surplus-laborers, The land-question, Machinery, The province of government, and Association.