Women Workers and Gender Identities, 1835-1913: The Cotton and Metal Industries in England

Women Workers and Gender Identities, 1835-1913: The Cotton and Metal Industries in England

by Carol E. Morgan, E. Morgan Carol
     
 

ISBN-10: 041523929X

ISBN-13: 9780415239295

Pub. Date: 10/12/2001

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

Women Workers and Gender Identities, 1835 - 1913 examines the experiences of women workers in the cotton and small metals industries and the discourses surrounding their labour. It demonstrates how ideas of womanhood often clashed with the harsh realities of working-class life that forced women into such unfeminine trades as chain-making and brass polishing.

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Women Workers and Gender Identities, 1835 - 1913 examines the experiences of women workers in the cotton and small metals industries and the discourses surrounding their labour. It demonstrates how ideas of womanhood often clashed with the harsh realities of working-class life that forced women into such unfeminine trades as chain-making and brass polishing. Thus discourses constructing women as wives and mothers, or associating women's work with distinctly feminine attributes, were often undercut and subverted.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780415239295
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
10/12/2001
Series:
Women's and Gender History Series
Pages:
238
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.69(d)

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Table of Contents

List of figures
Acknowledgments
1Introductory essay - gender in labor history1
Pt. INegotiating gender difference in the cotton district19
2Cooperation, conflict, and community21
3Shaping women's identities44
Pt. IIFemale labor and gender difference in the small metal industries65
4Gender at work68
5Gender divisions and class relations: the Birmingham metal trades80
6Gender, class, and community in the Black Country95
7Negotiating gender difference in the small metal industries125
Conclusion170
Notes174
Bibliography209
Index221

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