Biennial Academic Paper Competition

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

Linda Perriton (Recipient)

Second Prize The prize winning paper placed the investigation of women’s savings activity into the context of the wider history of retail banking. By looking at the patterns of use by the Limehouse account holders the author argued that it was possible to see the ways in which working families and individuals interacted with a standard product and standard service offering, sometimes adding layers of complexity in order to create a different banking product, or using the accounts to budget within a short term cycle rather than saving for a significant purchase or event. The research suggested that the bank demonstrated ability to operate with some degree of flexibility and in ways that were responsive to the social context in which they operated. These findings, it was argued, provided a basis for further research into the financial behaviour of working–class people in the 19th century. Judges commented that the paper was ‘refreshing and innovative in the way it is handling historical data for sociological research’
Awarded date2012
Granting OrganisationsEuropean Savings Bank Group

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