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Studies in Gender History

Adapting to Capitalism

Working Women in the English Economy, 1700–1850

Authors: Sharpe, Pam

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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.

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PAMELA SHARPE is currently Queen Elizabeth II Research Fellow at the University of Western Australia in Perth. She was Lecturer in Social and Economic History at the University of Bristol from 1993 to 1999. The author received an MA (Hons) in Economic History from the University of Edinburgh and completed a doctorate in demographic history at the Cambridge Group for the History of Population and Social Structure, University of Cambridge, in 1989. From 1990 to 1993 she was Essex County Council Research Fellow in Local History at the University of Essex.

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'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


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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Adapting to Capitalism
Book Subtitle
Working Women in the English Economy, 1700–1850
Authors
Series Title
Studies in Gender History
Copyright
1996
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan UK
Copyright Holder
Pamela Sharpe
eBook ISBN
978-1-349-24456-0
DOI
10.1007/978-1-349-24456-0
Hardcover ISBN
978-0-333-63391-5
Hardcover ISBN
978-0-312-12877-7
Softcover ISBN
978-1-349-24458-4
Softcover ISBN
978-0-333-91901-9
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XI, 226
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