Who has the right to dignified treatment? What are the state’s obligations when it comes to issues of dignity and respect? This panel will explore issues of how British subjects have both turned to institutions for securing standards of dignity and have struggled against institutions that diminish one’s dignity. One paper, focusing on the breadwinner wage in the late eighteenth century, incorporates themes of patriarchy, military service, income, and gender. It examines the nature of the relationship between sailors and the state as sailors negotiated their wages and the state sought to meet rising enlistment demands. The other paper, focused on twentieth-century prison hunger strikes, employs the lens of bodily autonomy and inmate subculture. We would particularly welcome papers on related themes from the nineteenth century to facilitate discussion of the state’s evolving role in British life.
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Sofia Zepeda, University of Arizona