All fall under the shady category of 'social protest' or defence of custom, but I'm wary that I don't fall into the old trap of classifying crime as protest. They fall perhaps more neatly under the category of 'pauper/labourer agency'; that is, giving a voice and credit to the actions of the most disadvantaged or voiceless in Georgian society.
Here's a selection of articles and books I've been reading recently:
- M. Huberman, Escape from the Market: Negotiating Work in Lancashire (CUP, 1996)
- P. King, 'Gleaners, Farmers and the Failure of Legal Sanctions in England, 1750-1850,' Past & Present, 125 (1989)
- R. J. Soderlund, 'Resistance from the Margins: the Yorkshire Worsted Spinners, Policing and the Transformation of Work in the Early Industrial Revolution,' Int. Rev. Social History, 51 (2006)
- S. Poole, 'A lasting and salutary warning: Incendiarism, Rural Order and England's Last Scene of Crime Execution,' Rural History, 19:2 (2008)
- P. D. Jones, 'I cannot keep my place without being deascent: Pauper Letters, Parish Clothing and Pragmatism in the South of England, 1750-1830,' Rural History, 20:1 (2009)