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Women, Work And Sexual Politics In Eighteenth-Century England [NOOK Book]

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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 ...
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Women, Work And Sexual Politics In Eighteenth-Century England

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Overview

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)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780203986318
  • Publisher: Routledge
  • Publication date: 12/16/1993
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • File size: 2 MB

Table of Contents

Preface
1 Introduction: Pinchbeck and After 1
2 The Social Context 9
3 Women's Work in the Family Economy 24
4 The Undermining of the Family Economy 47
5 Female Servants in Husbandry 69
6 Female Apprenticeship 85
7 Housework 103
8 Domestic Service 125
9 Ignored, Unrecorded, and Invisible: Some Occupations of Women 148
10 The Economics of Courtship and Marriage 174
11 Clarity and Obscurity in the Law Relating to Wives, Property, and Marriage 196
12 Spinsters and Spinsterhood 221
13 Widows 240
14 Conclusion 259
Index 268
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