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

Adapting to Capitalism

Working Women in the English Economy, 1700-1850

Hardcover Published: 19th February 1996
ISBN: 9780333633915
Number Of Pages: 226

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How did capitalism affect women's employment? Were there continuities or changes in the gender division of labour in the Industrial Revolution? Using previously unexploited material from poor law and court records, Pamela Sharpe examines these questions through the words of labouring women in Essex and in London. By both exploring connections between rural and urban areas of the economy and being aware of the need to consider custom and ideology, as well as economic factors, when explaining patterns of women's employment, she widens current debates within womenOs history. She stresses that a local and regional approach is essential to the study of economic change and that a full picture of industrialising Britain will not be complete without due consideration of women's role. Deliberately attempting to bridge the divide between studies of early modern and modern women, this book will appeal to historians, sociologists, geographers and anthropologists.

'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

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

ISBN: 9780333633915
ISBN-10: 0333633911
Series: Studies in Gender History
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 226
Published: 19th February 1996
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.59 x 13.79  x 1.75
Weight (kg): 0.46
Edition Number: 10