Women and Ageing in British Society since 1500 [NOOK Book]

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Women have always made up the majority of older people: this examination of the lives of elderly women in Britain in the period 1500 to the present reveals attitudes towards the ageing process. It sheds light on household structures as well as wider issues - including the history of the family, the process of industrialisation, the poor law, and welfare provision - and questions many common beliefs about elderly women, particularly that female old age was a time of poverty and want. An important book ...
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Women and Ageing in British Society since 1500

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Overview

Women have always made up the majority of older people: this examination of the lives of elderly women in Britain in the period 1500 to the present reveals attitudes towards the ageing process. It sheds light on household structures as well as wider issues - including the history of the family, the process of industrialisation, the poor law, and welfare provision - and questions many common beliefs about elderly women, particularly that female old age was a time of poverty and want. An important book for students of history and sociology alike.
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This book examines the lives of older women in Britain from 1500 to present, dispelling widely held assumptions and revealing interesting attitudes about the aging process. The book's introduction synthesizes the most recent scholarship and sets the individual chapters in their historical context. The history of family relationships, welfare provision, changing female self-images, and the structure of the family all receive particular attention. Chapters draw from women's diaries, autobiographies, social surveys, mass observation, and other sources. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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"A fine collection...excellent introduction to the state of an academic field"

Colleen Seguin, Valparaiso University

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781317881148
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 7/30/2014
  • Series: Women And Men In History
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 264
  • File size: 9 MB

Table of Contents

List of Figures and Tables
List of Contributors
Acknowledgments
Introduction 1
1 Strategies of poor aged women and widows in sixteenth-century London 13
2 Who most needs to marry? Ageing and inequality among women and men in early modern Norwich 31
3 Old age and menopause in rural women of early modern Suffolk 43
4 'I feel myself decay apace': Old age in the diary of Lady Sarah Cowper (1644-1720) 66
5 Old maids: the lifecycle of single women in early modern England 89
6 The old woman's home in eighteenth-century England 111
7 The residence patterns of elderly English women in comparative perspective 139
8 Old and incapable? Louisa Twining and elderly women in Victorian Britain 166
9 'An inheritance of fear': older women in the twentieth-century countryside 189
10 Old women in twentieth-century Britain 207
Bibliographical essay: Older women in Britain since 1500 232
Index 239
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