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Women, Work and Sociability in Early Modern London

Reinke-Williams, T. (2014) Women, Work and Sociability in Early Modern London. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan. 9781137372093.

Item Type: Book
Abstract: This is the first work to explore how women from the middling sorts and the labouring poor fashioned identities as honest individuals of good repute. Using depositions, interrogations and trial reports from the London church courts, the Bridewell hospital and the Old Bailey, alongside ballads, jest-books, pamphlets and plays, this book outlines how women's working roles as mothers, housewives, servants, domestic managers and retailers, as well as their social interactions with their fellow Londoners, shaped their reputations in a growing metropolis which was to become the laregst city in Europe by 1700. By paying equal attention to both paid and unpaid forms of work, and by covering the whole of the seventeenth century rather than solely the decades before 1640 or after 1660, this book provides the most holistic study to date of early modern notions of female honesty, credit and worth.
Uncontrolled Keywords: Social history, economic history, cultural history, women's history, gender history, labour history, history of work, history of London, urban history, early modern history
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HQ The family. Marriage. Women > HQ1101 Women. Feminism
H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > HD4801 Labor. Work. Working class > HD6050 Classes of labor > HD6053 Women. Employment
D History General and Old World > DA Great Britain > DA670 Local history and description > DA675 London
H Social Sciences > HT Communities. Classes. Races > HT101 Urban groups. The city. Urban sociology
Creators: Reinke-Williams, Tim
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
Faculties, Divisions and Institutes: University Faculties, Divisions and Research Centres - OLD > School of Social Sciences (to 2016)
University Faculties, Divisions and Research Centres - OLD > Faculty of Education & Humanities > History
Faculties > Faculty of Education & Humanities > History
Date: April 2014
Date Type: Publication
Series Name: Genders and sexualities in history
Place of Publication: Basingstoke
Number of Pages: 240
Language: English
ISBN: 9781137372093
Status: Published / Disseminated
Refereed: Yes

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