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Adapting to Capitalism - Working Women in the English Economy, 1700-1850

English · Hardback

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This book considers patterns of women's employment in the period 1700-1850. Focusing on the county of Essex, material on the worsted industry, agriculture, fashion trades, service, prostitution, and marriage and family life will shed light on contemporary debates in history such as the sexual division of labour, controversy over continuity or change in women's employment, the importance of ideas of 'separate spheres' and 'domestic ideology', and the overall effects of capitalism on women's employment.

List of contents

Acknowledgements Map of Essex Prologue: Making Shift Introduction: Women Adapting to Capitalism De-industrialization and the Staple: the Worsted Industry Re-industrialization and the Fashion Trades Agriculture: the Sexual Division of Labour Shifts of Housewifery: Service as a Female Migration Experience The Economics of Body and Soul Epilogue: Continuity and Change in Women's Employment Bibliography Index


'Sharpe's study is one of the best, most meticulous monographs on all the ways that women worked in the early industrial period. Women indeed adapted to capitalism and it has taken decades to bring to light all the costs of that achievement'. - Deborah Valenze, American Historical Review
'the book is fascinating in itself...a model of how such studies can be done and invaluable to researchers in many fields...' - Eve Hostettler, Labour History Review

Product details

Authors Pamela Sharpe
Publisher Springer Palgrave Macmillan
Languages English
Product format Hardback
Released 01.01.1996
EAN 9780312128777
ISBN 978-0-312-12877-7
No. of pages 226
Illustrations XI, 226 p.
Series Studies in Gender History
Studies in Gender and History
Subject Humanities, art, music > History > Regional and national histories

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