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What's the meaning of land-lordism in the following sentence? Thanks a lot! The mission of Bernard Shaw's drama was to reveal the moral, political and economic truth from a radical reformist point of view. Widower's House is a grotesquely realistic exposure of slum land-lordism.
Feb 3, 2010 3:00 AM
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The word "slum" here is important. A slum landlord would be someone who owns decrepit houses or apartments, and leases them to (typically poor) renters. The term is often shortened to "slumlord." Shaw's socialist ("radical reformist") philosophies motivated him to show the terrible conditions the renters lived in, and to condemn the landowners for not providing better living conditions to the renters. I'll disagree with roi g here; it's not so much leasing land to cultivators, but rather leasing houses to renters to live in.
February 3, 2010
Bernard Shaw's still relevant today as there are many slum landlords in the world ripping off poor people by charging them high rents for dirty rooms with no facilities.
February 4, 2010
howdy! land-lordism it means an economic system or practice by which ownership of land is vested in one who leases it to cultivators.. cowboy
February 3, 2010
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