Feminism and Political Economy in Victorian England

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Peter D. Groenewegen
Edward Elgar Pub, 1994 - Social Science - 197 pages
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Feminism and Political Economy in Victorian England remains a valuable collection of insightful papers on the history of economists views on the woman question and on the history of women s contributions to economics, subjects pioneered by Pujol (1992). The controversies over the views of Mill, Jevons and the Webbs to which these papers have contributed have served to advance knowledge and deepen understanding. The quality of the essays and the editing is generally high. Robert W. Dimand, Feminist Economics . . . there is much material in this collection of papers prepared for a workshop at the Centre for the Study of the History of Economic Thought at the University of Sydney that will be of interest to readers not already familiar with the literature. Some of the material will also be of interest in getting one more interpretation of the views of the various authors discussed here. Marianne A. Ferber, Journal of the History of Economic Thought . . . fascinating collection of essays. . . Joan Perkin, The Journal of Economic History Feminism and Political Economy in Victorian England examines the attitudes of leading nineteenth-century economic writers to the Woman Question . Focusing on the work of J.S. Mill, Henry Fawcett, W.S. Jevons, Henry Sidgwick, Alfred Marshall, the Webbs and Clara Collet, this volume reveals that women s issues were more widely discussed during the Victorian era than is sometimes supposed. The introduction briefly and selectively reviews the treatment of feminism and women in political economy. This is followed by essays on the political economy of J.S. Mill, Henry Fawcett and Henry Sidgwick, three supporters of the women s movement whose economics continued to adopt an essentially male perspective. The place of women in Jevons s political economy is discussed with special reference to his involvement in a debate over working wives and infant mortality. Alfred Marshall s views on the sexual division of labour are assessed from the perspective of efficiency, development, family and race. Later papers focus on the changing position of the Webbs on women s rights and the political economy of women in the work of Clara Collet. By revising many of the assumptions about economic writing on women in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, this book will by welcomed by economists and historians as a major contribution both to the history of economic thought and to women s history.

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Gianni Vaggi is Professor of Development Economics at the University of Pavia in Italy. Peter Groenewegen is Emeritus Professor of Economics at the University of Sydney, Australia.

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