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Family Fortunes: Men and Women of the English Middle Class, 1780-1850
     

Family Fortunes: Men and Women of the English Middle Class, 1780-1850

by Leonore Davidoff, Catherine Hall
 

ISBN-10: 0226137325

ISBN-13: 9780226137322

Pub. Date: 05/28/1987

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

This book adds significant new dimensions to our understanding of nineteenth-century life. Leonore Davidoff and Catherine Hall focus on the development of family and gender roles to reveal the ways in which the English middle class constructed its own institutions, material culture, and values during the industrial revolution.

Overview

This book adds significant new dimensions to our understanding of nineteenth-century life. Leonore Davidoff and Catherine Hall focus on the development of family and gender roles to reveal the ways in which the English middle class constructed its own institutions, material culture, and values during the industrial revolution.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780226137322
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
Publication date:
05/28/1987
Series:
Women in Culture and Society Series
Pages:
576
Product dimensions:
6.58(w) x 9.50(h) x 1.39(d)

Table of Contents


Foreword
Acknowledgements
Prologue
Introducing James Luckcock of Birmingham - What was the English middle class? - Concepts and methods
Setting the Scene
Places: The town - Birmingham - The countryside - Essex and Suffolk
People: The family shop - the Cadburys of Birmingham - The family pen - the Taylors of Essex
Part One - Religion and Ideology
Introduction
1. 'The one thing needful': religion and the middle class
Church and chapel activity - The Evangelical revival and serious Christianity - Church against Dissent - The religious community
2. 'Ye are all one in Christ Jesus': men, women and religion
Doctrines on manliness - Doctrines on femininity - The ministry - The minister's wife - John Angell James: 'bishop' of Birmingham - Church organization: women voting and women speaking - Laymen and women
3. 'The nursery of virtue': domestic ideology and the middle class
The Queen Caroline affair - Middle-class readers and writers - William Cowper and Hannah More - Local writers on separate spheres - Domestic ideologies of the 1830s and 1840s
Part Two - Economic Structure and Opportunity
Introduction
4. 'A modest competency': men, women and property
Enterprise organization - Land and capital - Enterprise finance - Providing for dependants - The interdependence of enterprise, family and friends - The role of marriage in the enterprise - Training for the enterprise - Retirement from the enterprise
5. 'A man must act': men and the enterprise
Middle-class men and occupations - The search for a 'sound commercial education' - Commerce and trade - Banks and banking - Manufacture - Farming - The professions - The salaried
6. 'The hidden investment': women and the enterprise
Women and property - Women's contribution to the enterprise - The education of women and its effects - Women as teachers - Women as innkeepers - Women in trade - The marginal place of women in the economy - Women, men and occupational identity - How did women survive?
Part Three - Everyday Life: Gender in Action
Introduction
7. 'Our family is a little world': family structure and relationships
The role of marriage in family formation - Fatherhood - Motherhood - Children - Brothers and sisters - The role of wider kin
8. 'My own fireside': the creation of the middle-class home
What was a home? - The separation of home from work - The meaning of the garden - The lay-out of the home - Running the home - The question of servants
9. 'Lofty pine and clinging vine': living with gender in the middle class
Manners and gentility - Changing attitudes to sexuality - Mobility and gender - Gender and the social occasion - Gender as appearance
10. 'Improving times': men, women and the public sphere
James Bisset of Birmingham - Voluntary associations - Philanthropic societies - Leisure and pleasure - Men, women and citizenship
Epilogue
Appendices
1. Three poems by local authors
2. Sources for the local study
3. Tables
Notes and references
Select bibliography
People index
Subject index

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