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The Struggle for the Breeches: Gender and the Making of the British Working Class (Studies on the History of Society and Culture)

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What defined gender relations in the British Working Class: Economics or Politics?

By Eric Hobart - February 19, 2007

Building upon E.P. Thompson's definition of the "Working Class" in Britain, Anna Clark has developed a definitive study of the role that gender played in the development of this class during the era of the Industrial Revolution. Her primary argument is that gender played a "profound" role in the development of the Working Class (p. 264), which is a significant enhancement to Thompson's work. To determine whether or not gender did help to define the British Working Class, she evaluated social forces such as marital relationships, sexual morality, and labor. She has further branched out to include an assessment of political radicalization and Chartism in an effort to fully define the effect of gender on the formation of the British Working Class during the Industrial Revolution.

The authors' evaluation of marital relationships and sexual morality showed a challenging environment often permeated with husbands violently beating their wives because of their "nagging"... read more

Great Book

By Robert T. Preston "w84wind" - April 27, 2013

Met Anna Clark at a program she was giving, at Bradley University. Was so inspired by her work, that I purchased this book, which is great!

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