Identity and Agency in England, 1500-1800

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This collection of essays is arranged around the central issue raised by this raft of new empirical research—the relationship between social identity, or the "vision of the self," and the ways in which this can explain historical agency. If identities in early modern society were multiple, complex, and dependent on context, rather than homogenous, consistent, or easily determined, then it is difficult to make simple causal links to behavior. This collection aims to make innovative new research on the structures ...

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Overview

This collection of essays is arranged around the central issue raised by this raft of new empirical research—the relationship between social identity, or the "vision of the self," and the ways in which this can explain historical agency. If identities in early modern society were multiple, complex, and dependent on context, rather than homogenous, consistent, or easily determined, then it is difficult to make simple causal links to behavior. This collection aims to make innovative new research on the structures of English society available to the wider scholarly audience. The essays use a number of detailed contextual case studies to explore the twin themes of the nature of identities in early modern society, and their role in influencing historical agency. They examine the variety of identities available to individuals in early modern England, and the ways in which these were invoked and employed.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781403917645
  • Publisher: Palgrave Schol, Print UK
  • Publication date: 3/2/2005
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 5.20 (w) x 9.32 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Jonathan Barry is Head of the School of Historical, Political and Sociological Studies at the University of Exeter.

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Table of Contents

Preface and Acknowledgements Notes on Contributors Introduction - Identity and Agency in England, 1500-1800; H.French Civility, Honesty and the Identification of the Deserving Poor in Seventeenth-Century England; S.Hindle Social Inequality, Identity and the Labouring Poor in Eighteenth-Century England; P.King Honesty, Worth and Gender in Early Modern England, 1560-1640; A.Shepard A Dynamic Model of Social Relations: Celibacy, Credit and the Identity of the 'Spinster' in Seventeenth-Century England; J.Spicksley Class and Credit: Social Identity, Wealth and the Life Course in Early Modern England; C.Muldrew Sense and Singularity: The Social Experiences of John Marsh and Thomas Stutterd in Late-Georgian England; H.Berry Agency, Custom, and the English Corporate System; P.Withington Bibliography

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