Women Workers and Gender Identities, 1835-1913: The Cotton and Metal Industries in England
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.
Acknowledgements Chapter 1: Introductory Essay-Gender in Labor History PART I: NEGOTIATING GENDER DIFFERENCES IN THE COTTON DISTRICT Chapter 2: Cooperation, Conflict, and Community Chapter 3: Shaping Women's Identities PART II: FEMALE LABOR AND GENDER DIFFERENCE IN THE SMALL METALS INDUSTRIES Chapter 4: Gender at Work Chapter 5: Gender Divisions and Class Relations: The Birmingham Metal Trades Chapter 6: Gender, Class, and Community in the Black Country Chapter 7: Negotiating Gender Difference in the Small Metal Industries Conclusion Notes Bibliography