The ideas of sisterhoods and brotherhoods are not new; however, these have seldom involved actual sibling relationships. In this fascinating volume about family relationships in Britain and Europe during a 140-year time span, Davidoff (sociology, Univ. of Essex, UK) examines those consanguineal relations so often passed over by historians. (S. J. Zuber-Chall, CHOICE
A fascinating study of the networks that large, middle-class, professional families established in the long 19th century. (Auriol Stevens, Times Higher Education Supplement
Historians and general readers alike will relish this book. (Jane Hamlett, History Today
An intriguing read. (Who Do You Think You Are?
Davidoff succeeds in demonstrating both the strangeness of the past and its relevance to the contemporary world where in the absence of a range of siblings young people begin to think of their friends as part of their family. (Hugh Cunningham, Journal of Social History
About the Author
Leonore Davidoff is a Research Professor in the Department of Sociology at the University of Essex. She has held visiting professorships and fellowships in the US, Australia, Sweden, and several other European countries. Her main area of research is the relationship between the family and economic organization in the period of nascent capitalist development from around 1780 to 1920. She has also pioneered the history of gender relations and in 1987 she became Founding Editor of Gender and History