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Both were techniques of treatment, in that late eighteenth-century British poor laws defined segments of the population and prescribed what was to happen to them. Clearly, these modes of governmental control circumscribed how folk lived, and how they should live. 73 While such a technique of treatment undoubtedly also ensured that there was always a potential body of men, women and children as a source of very cheap labour, it was, moreover, a de facto casting out from the body politic of Irish navvies, allegedly nefarious Jews and deserted or runaway West Indian black slaves.

76 This is the bread and butter of modernity. A working definition of what modernity can be said to be would mostly erase much of its conceptual complexity and probably serve only to be trite and, therefore, of little use. The term, which is an abstract and highly charged composite of Western thought, is constantly being fashioned and re-fashioned. Principally, however, what commentators discuss, under the aegis of modernity, is how ‘time’ and ‘consciousness’ are networked to give greater credence to human agency in the making of self, community, society and civilization.

Women writers faced two taboos: writing was deemed inappropriate, and especially so in order to preach to men! 76 This is the bread and butter of modernity. A working definition of what modernity can be said to be would mostly erase much of its conceptual complexity and probably serve only to be trite and, therefore, of little use. The term, which is an abstract and highly charged composite of Western thought, is constantly being fashioned and re-fashioned. Principally, however, what commentators discuss, under the aegis of modernity, is how ‘time’ and ‘consciousness’ are networked to give greater credence to human agency in the making of self, community, society and civilization.

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