Meanings of Manhood in Early Modern England

Meanings of Manhood in Early Modern England

by Alexandra Shepard
     
 

ISBN-10: 019929934X

ISBN-13: 9780199299348

Pub. Date: 09/28/2006

Publisher: Oxford University Press

This study explores the diverse and varied meanings of manhood in early modern England and their complex, and often contested, relationship with patriarchal principles. Using social, political, and medical commentary, alongside evidence of social practice derived from court records, Dr. Shepard argues that patriarchal ideology contained numerous contradictions, and…  See more details below

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This study explores the diverse and varied meanings of manhood in early modern England and their complex, and often contested, relationship with patriarchal principles. Using social, political, and medical commentary, alongside evidence of social practice derived from court records, Dr. Shepard argues that patriarchal ideology contained numerous contradictions, and that, while males were its primary beneficiaries, it was undermined and opposed by men as well as women. Patriarchal concepts of manhood existed in tension both with anti-patriarchal forms of resistance and with alternative codes of manhood which were sometimes primarily defined independently of patriarchal imperatives. As a result the differences within each sex, as well as between them, were intrinsic to the practice of patriarchy and the social distribution of its dividends in early modern England.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780199299348
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
Publication date:
09/28/2006
Series:
Oxford Studies in Social History Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
304
Product dimensions:
8.40(w) x 5.40(h) x 0.80(d)

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Table of Contents

List of Figures
List of Tables
Conventions and Abbreviations
Introduction1
Pt. IModelling Manhood
1The Constant Age21
2The Imagined Body of 'Man's Estate'47
3Models of Manhood70
Pt. IIThe Social Practice of Manhood
4Youthful Excess and Fraternal Bonding93
5The Violence of Manhood127
6Respectability, Sex, and Status152
7Credit, Provision, and Worth186
8The 'Ancienter Sort'214
Conclusion: Manhood, Patriarchy, and Gender in Early Modern England246
Bibliography254
Index277

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