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Women in an Industrializing Society: England, 1750-1880 (Historical Association Studies) Paperback – 6 Dec 1990

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  • Paperback: 120 pages
  • Publisher: John Wiley & Sons (6 Dec. 1990)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0631153039
  • ISBN-13: 978-0631153030
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 0.7 x 21.6 cm
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This book examines the effects of the process of industrialization on the lives of women, both as paid workers and within the home. Jane Rendall surveys the major areas in which women were employed and then considers the impact of industrialization on the working class family and the effect on family life of the employment of women. She takes into account the debates among historians on these subjects. She discusses the changing relationship between domestic responsibilities and paid work undertaken in the home and the effect of industrialization on household work, covering the importance of female and neighbourhood networks, sometimes based on the sharing of domestic work. Dr Rendall explores the changing definitions of work (and how they differed for men and women) and asks to what extent did the 19th century see a major redefinition of the appropriate division of labour for men and women.

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This book examines the experiences of women in an industrializing society, not only in their paid employment, but also in the home. Both are vital to understanding the role women played in the industrial revolution in England. Jane Rendall draws upon the most recent work on the social history of the nineteenth century to consider the economic changes that brought new divisions of labour between the sexes in the working–class family and the growth of the ideal of ′separate spheres′ for middle–class men and women. She shows how, by the end of the period, domestic labour, both paid and unpaid, and the responsibilities of motherhood has become the expected occupation of the majority of women.

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