Women, Work and Sexual Politics in Eighteenth-Century England

Women, Work and Sexual Politics in Eighteenth-Century England

by Bridget Hill
     
 

In this fundamental reassessment of women's experience of work in eighteenth-century England, Bridget Hill examines how and to what extent industrialization improved the overall position of women and the opportunities open to them. Focusing on the most important unit of production, the household, Dr Hill examines women's work, not only in "housework" but also in… See more details below

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In this fundamental reassessment of women's experience of work in eighteenth-century England, Bridget Hill examines how and to what extent industrialization improved the overall position of women and the opportunities open to them. Focusing on the most important unit of production, the household, Dr Hill examines women's work, not only in "housework" but also in agriculture and manufacturing, and reveals what women lost as the household's independence as a unit of economic production was undermined. Considering the whole range of activities in which women were involved, the increasing sexual division of labour is charted and its implications highlighted. The final part of the book considers how the changing nature of women's work influenced courtship, marriage and relations between the sexes.

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A study of how women's experience of work in 18th c. England was affected by industrialization and other elements of economic, social, and technological change--and whether or not the Industrial Revolution improved the overall position of women and the opportunities open to them. Acidic paper. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780631154617
Publisher:
Wiley, John & Sons, Incorporated
Publication date:
08/28/1994
Pages:
288

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