Family Life in Britain, 1650–1910

Editors: Beardmore, Carol, Dobbing, Cara, King, Steven (Eds.)

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  • Expands our understanding of the pillars of family history in Britain from the sixteenth to twentieth century
  • Utilises an inter-disciplinary approach to explore the ways that families were formed and responded to challenges they faced
  • Argues that families and households had porous boundaries and were essentially fluid and able to reconstitute themselves
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This book explores the ways that families were formed and re-formed, and held together and fractured, in Britain from the sixteenth to twentieth century. The chapters build upon the argument, developed in the 1990s and 2000s, that the nuclear family form, the bedrock of understandings of the structure and function of family and kinship units, provides a wholly inadequate lens through which to view the British family. Instead the volume's contributors point to families and households with porous boundaries, an endless capacity to reconstitute themselves, and an essential fluidity to both the form of families, and the family and kinship relationships that stood in the background. This book offers a re-reading, and reconsideration of the existing pillars of family history in Britain. It examines areas such as: Scottish kinship patterns, work patterns of kin in Post Office families, stepfamily relations, the role of family in managing lunatic patients, and the fluidity associated with a range of professional families in the nineteenth century. 


Chapter 8 of this book is available open access under a CC BY 4.0 license at link.springer.com

    About the authors

    Carol Beardmore holds a Part-Time Lectureship at De Montfort University, an Associate Lectureship with the Open University, and a Research Fellowship at the University of Leicester, UK. Her research interests include the role of the land agent in rural communities and the history of the family as it relates to working relationships within general practice.

    Cara Dobbing is based at the University of Leicester, UK. Her research examines the patients who circulated in and out of the Garlands Lunatic Asylum from its establishment in 1862 until the beginning of the First World War. Central to her work is recounting the pauper experience of insanity. 

    Steven King is Professor of Social and Economic History at the University of Leicester, UK. He has wide ranging interests in historical demography and the history of the family, particularly in relation to the English and Welsh poor in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. His most recent work in this area is Writing the Lives of the English Poor, 1750s to 1830s (2018).


    Table of contents (11 chapters)

    Table of contents (11 chapters)
    • Introduction

      Beardmore, Carol (et al.)

      Pages 1-19

    • Family Fortunes: Marriage, Inheritance and Economic Challenges in Scotland c.1660–1800

      Poertner, Regina

      Pages 23-46

    • Victorian Professions: The Galvanising (and Shaping) Force of Death on Families

      Price, Kim

      Pages 47-70

    • “The Widows and Orphans of Servants Are Dying”: The Conflict of Family in the Design and Application of Nineteenth-Century Civil Servant Pensions

      McIlvenna, Kathleen

      Pages 71-93

    • Step Motherhood in the Nineteenth Century: Elinor Packe and Continuing Family Cohesiveness, 1900–1911

      Monks, Geoff

      Pages 97-112

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    eBook $84.99
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    Bibliographic Information

    Bibliographic Information
    Book Title
    Family Life in Britain, 1650–1910
    Editors
    • Carol Beardmore
    • Cara Dobbing
    • Steven King
    Copyright
    2019
    Publisher
    Palgrave Macmillan
    Copyright Holder
    The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
    eBook ISBN
    978-3-030-04855-6
    DOI
    10.1007/978-3-030-04855-6
    Hardcover ISBN
    978-3-030-04854-9
    Edition Number
    1
    Number of Pages
    XI, 292
    Number of Illustrations
    9 b/w illustrations, 1 illustrations in colour
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