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Social and Economic Studies of Dr Mann

Harold Mann's fame in agriculture and the natural sciences always overshadowed his remarkable achievements in the field of social study. He himself contributed to this process by his disarming habit of referring to his town and village studies as merely his hobby. With rare exceptions, his acquaintances in the agricultural world took those expressions at face values. Even the most summary review of his contributions to the social sciences will suggest, I believe, that his accomplishments in this field were probably are great as those which gave him an international reputation in the natural sciences.

Harold Mann's fame in agriculture and the natural sciences always overshadowed his remarkable achievements in the field of social study. He himself contributed to this process by his disarming habit of referring to his town and village studies as merely his hobby. With rare exceptions, his acquaintances in the agricultural world took those expressions at face values. Even the most summary review of his contributions to the social sciences will suggest, I believe, that his accomplishments in this field were probably are great as those which gave him an international reputation in the natural sciences.

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Harold Mann grew up and went to school in Yorkshire in the 1880's and early 1890's, This was precisely the period when Charles Booth was applying to London the detailed methods of studying urban poverty, slums, drink, etc, first worked out in France by Frederic Le Play. In 1901, R Seebohm Rowntree published an exhaustive enquiry into the extent and consequences of poverty in Dr Mann's own home town, the city of York.

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