Women's Work: The English Experience 1650-1914

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Although the last few years have seen much new research in the areas of gender and women's history, this is the only book to date that collects in a coherent way the most formative articles on our thinking about women's work in English history for both the early modern and contemporary periods. Commentary puts each chapter into context while also highlighting the controversies and pointing readers toward the future directions of scholarly work in this field.

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Overview

Although the last few years have seen much new research in the areas of gender and women's history, this is the only book to date that collects in a coherent way the most formative articles on our thinking about women's work in English history for both the early modern and contemporary periods. Commentary puts each chapter into context while also highlighting the controversies and pointing readers toward the future directions of scholarly work in this field.

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"Sharpe has a solid command of the issues involved, and her introduction as well as the commentary provides a sound guide to students who may be coming to some of this material for the first time. At the same time, the collection as a whole will be useful to academics relatively new to this area, or those wishing to gain a quick grasp of many of the issues."—Labour History Review
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780340676967
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
  • Publication date: 7/31/1998
  • Series: Arnold Readers in History Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 384
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.79 (d)

Meet the Author

Pamela Sharpe is at University of Bristol.

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Table of Contents

List of Figures and Tables
Preface
Acknowledgements
Introduction 1
Sect. I Debating Women's Work
1 Continuity and change: women's history and economic history in Britain 23
2 Women's history: a study in change, continuity or standing still? 42
3 Women's history: a study in continuity and change 58
Sect. II Examining Female Labour Markets
4 Agricultural seasonal unemployment, the standard of living, and women's work, 1690-1860 73
5 The female labour market in London in the late seventeenth and early eighteenth centuries 121
6 What difference did women's work make to the Industrial Revolution? 149
7 Women's labour force participation and the transition to the male-breadwinner family, 1790-1865 172
Sect. III Agency and Strategy in Women's Occupations
8 Between purchasing power and the world of goods: understanding the household economy in early modern Europe 209
9 'The hidden investment': women and the enterprise 239
10 Golden age to separate spheres? A review of the categories and chronology of English women's history 294
11 Housewifery in working-class England 1860-1914 332
Further reading 359
Index 363
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