Women, Work, and Sexual Politics in Eighteenth-Century England / Edition 1

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Although housework is acknowledged by social historians to be one of women's responsibilities, Hill is one of the few historians to focus on the household as the most important unit of production in the eighteenth century. She examines the work done by women in the family economy, including housework, agriculture, and manufacturing. She also considers a whole range of women's activities that have been largely ignored by historians, including domestic service, apprenticeship, and many occupations that went unrecorded in censuses. Highlighting the implications of the increasing division of labour according to sex, Hill considers how the changing nature of women's work influenced courtship, marriage, and relations between the sexes. She pays particular attention to the situation of spinsters and widows.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780773512702
  • Publisher: McGill-Queens University Press
  • Publication date: 7/27/1994
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 5.56 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.61 (d)

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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