Family Fortunes

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Psychology Press, 2002 - History - 563 pages
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Family Fortunes has become a seminal text in class and gender history. Published to wide critical acclaim in 1987, its influence in the field continues to be extensive. It has cast new light on the perception of middle-class society and gender relations between 1780 and 1850.

This revised edition contains a substantial new introduction, placing the original survey in its historiographical context. Leonore Davidoff and Catherine Hall evaluate the readings their text has received and broaden their study by taking into account recent developments and shifts in the field. They apply current perceptions of history to their original project, and see new motives and meanings emerge that reinforce their argument.

  

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Review: Family Fortunes: Men and Women of the English Middle Class, 1780-1850 (Women in Culture and Society)

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A tome of information, with an insightful exploration of how middle-class women in select areas of England between 1750 and 1850 actually became confined to the household and 'feminine' occupations ... Read full review

Review: Family Fortunes: Men and Women of the English Middle Class, 1780-1850 (Women in Culture and Society)

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A tome of information, with an insightful exploration of how middle-class women in select areas of England between 1750 and 1850 actually became confined to the household and 'feminine' occupations ... Read full review

Contents

Prologue
13
Setting the scene
36
RELIGION AND IDEOLOGY
71
Introduction
73
The one thing needful religion and the middle class
76
Ye are all one in Christ Jesus men women and religion
107
The nursery of virtue domestic ideology and the middle class
149
ECONOMIC STRUCTURE AND OPPORTUNITY
193
Introduction
319
Our family is a little world family structure and relationships
321
My own fireside the creation of the middleclass home
357
Lofty pine and clinging vine living with gender in the middle class
397
Improving times men women and the public sphere
416
Epilogue
450
Three poems by local authors 2 Sources for the local study 3 Tables
455
Notes and references
470

Introduction
195
A modest competency men women and property
198
A man must act men and the enterprise
229
The hidden investment women and the enterprise
272
EVERYDAY LIFE GENDER IN ACTION
317

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About the author (2002)

Catherine Hall is Professor of Modern British Social and Cultural History at University College London.

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