The Family Story: Blood, Contract and Intimacy, 1830-1960 / Edition 1

The Family Story: Blood, Contract and Intimacy, 1830-1960 / Edition 1

by Leonore Davidoff, May
     
 

ISBN-10: 0582303508

ISBN-13: 9780582303508

Pub. Date: 12/18/1998

Publisher: Longman Publishing Group

This book sets out to retell the history of the English family between 1830 and 1960. Written collaboratively, it draws on the primary research of each author to shed light on those areas so often ignored in general social histories and histories of the family in particular. While acknowledging their importance, it sets to one side the usual focus on marriage and…  See more details below

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This book sets out to retell the history of the English family between 1830 and 1960. Written collaboratively, it draws on the primary research of each author to shed light on those areas so often ignored in general social histories and histories of the family in particular. While acknowledging their importance, it sets to one side the usual focus on marriage and motherhood. Instead a range of other relationships, some familial, others contractual, are set in a more general historical context, alongside an exploration of how expectations and beliefs about the family operated in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. This approach challenges existing models to reveal the complex and shifting meanings of family life in our recent past.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780582303508
Publisher:
Longman Publishing Group
Publication date:
12/18/1998
Series:
Women and Men in History Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
312
Product dimensions:
5.43(w) x 8.44(h) x 0.61(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements
Preface
Pt. 1Family Paradoxes1
1Introduction3
2The family and the historian16
3Conceptualizing the family51
Pt. 2Families 1830-191499
4Social and cultural change: the nineteenth century101
5Fathers and fatherhood: family authority135
6Domestic service and lodging: doing family work158
Pt. 3Families 1914-1960183
7Changes in family life: the twentieth century185
8Family shadows: unmarried women221
9Untold stories: family silences244
10Conclusion266
Applegislation affecting the family270
Bibliography272
Index286

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