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

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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.
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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
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 312
  • Product dimensions: 5.43 (w) x 8.44 (h) x 0.61 (d)

Table of Contents

Pt. 1 Family Paradoxes 1
1 Introduction 3
2 The family and the historian 16
3 Conceptualizing the family 51
Pt. 2 Families 1830-1914 99
4 Social and cultural change: the nineteenth century 101
5 Fathers and fatherhood: family authority 135
6 Domestic service and lodging: doing family work 158
Pt. 3 Families 1914-1960 183
7 Changes in family life: the twentieth century 185
8 Family shadows: unmarried women 221
9 Untold stories: family silences 244
10 Conclusion 266
App legislation affecting the family 270
Bibliography 272
Index 286
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