Rural Women Workers in Nineteenth-Century England: Gender, Work and Wages

Rural Women Workers in Nineteenth-Century England: Gender, Work and Wages

by Nicola Verdon
     
 

ISBN-10: 0851159060

ISBN-13: 9780851159065

Pub. Date: 10/31/2002

Publisher: Boydell & Brewer, Limited

Despite the growth of women's history and rural social history in the past thirty years, the work performed by women who lived in the nineteenth-century English countryside is still an under-researched issue. Verdon directly addresses this gap in the historiography, placing the rural female labourer centre stage for the first time. The involvement of women in the

Overview

Despite the growth of women's history and rural social history in the past thirty years, the work performed by women who lived in the nineteenth-century English countryside is still an under-researched issue. Verdon directly addresses this gap in the historiography, placing the rural female labourer centre stage for the first time. The involvement of women in the rural labour market as farm servants, as day labourers in agriculture, and as domestic workers, are all examined using a wide range of printed and unpublished sources from across England. The roles village women performed in the informal rural economy (household labour, gathering resources and exploiting systems of barter and exchange) are also assessed. Changes in women's economic opportunities are explored, alongside the implications of region, age, marital status, number of children in the family and local custom; women's economic contribution to the rural labouring household is established as a critical part of family subsistence, despite criticism of such work and the rise in male wages after 1850.NICOLA VERDON is a Research Fellow in the Rural History Centre, University of Reading.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780851159065
Publisher:
Boydell & Brewer, Limited
Publication date:
10/31/2002
Pages:
240
Product dimensions:
0.56(w) x 9.21(h) x 6.14(d)

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