Women and Ageing in British Society since 1500

Women and Ageing in British Society since 1500

by Lynn Botelho, Pat Thane
     
 

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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

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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 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

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781317881148
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
07/30/2014
Series:
Women And Men In History
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
260
File size:
9 MB

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