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Title Family life in Britain, 1650-1910 / edited by Carol Beardmore, Cara Dobbing, Steven King
Imprint Cham : Springer International Publishing : Imprint: Palgrave Macmillan, 2019
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Descript 1 online resource (xi, 292 pages) : illustrations, digital ; 24 cm
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Note Chapter One: Introduction; Carol Beardmore, Cara Dobbing, Steven King -- Part One: Economies of the Family -- Chapter Two: Family Fortunes: Marriage, Inheritance and Economic Challenges in Scotland, c.1660-1800; Regina Poertner -- Chapter Three: Victorian Professions: the Galvanising (and Shaping) Force of Death on Families; Kim Price -- Chapter Four: "The Widows and Orphans of Servants are Dying": The Conflict of Family in the Design and Application of nineteenth-Century Civil Servant Pensions; Kathleen McIlvenna -- Part Two: Family Processes -- Chapter Five: Step Motherhood in the Nineteenth Century: Elinor Packe and Continuing Family Cohesiveness, 1900-1911; Geoff Monks -- Chapter Six: Balancing the Family: Edward Wrench, Baslow G.P. c.1862-1890; Carol Beardmore -- Chapter Seven: The Family and Insanity: The Experience of the Garlands Asylum, 1862-1910; Cara Dobbing -- Chapter Eight: Conceptualising the 'Perfect' Family in Late-Nineteenth-Century Philanthropic Institutions; Steven Taylor -- Part Three: Reconstituting the Family -- Chapter Nine: Negotiating the Blending of Families: Tension and Affection between Step-Parents and Children in Early Modern England, 1470-1640; Maria Cannon -- Chapter Ten: Family Beyond the Household: Constituting and Reconstituting as Kin; Iain Riddell -- Chapter Eleven: Configuring and Re-Configuring Families in Nineteenth-Century England; Steven King
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
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Subject Families -- Great Britain -- History
Families -- Great Britain -- History -- 16th century
Families -- Great Britain -- History -- 17th century
Families -- Great Britain -- History -- 18th century
Families -- Great Britain -- History -- 19th century
Families -- Great Britain -- History -- 20th century
Social History
History of Britain and Ireland
History of Modern Europe
Sociology of Family, Youth and Aging
Alt Author Beardmore, Carol, editor
Dobbing, Cara, editor
King, Steven, editor
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