Gender, Work and Wages in Industrial Revolution Britain - Cambridge Studies in Economic History: Second Series (Paperback)
  • Gender, Work and Wages in Industrial Revolution Britain - Cambridge Studies in Economic History: Second Series (Paperback)
zoom

Gender, Work and Wages in Industrial Revolution Britain - Cambridge Studies in Economic History: Second Series (Paperback)

(author)
£31.99
Paperback 390 Pages / Published: 30/06/2011
  • We can order this

Usually despatched within 3 weeks

  • This item has been added to your basket
A major study of the role of women in the labour market of Industrial Revolution Britain. It is well known that men and women usually worked in different occupations, and that women earned lower wages than men. These differences are usually attributed to custom but Joyce Burnette here demonstrates instead that gender differences in occupations and wages were instead largely driven by market forces. Her findings reveal that rather than harming women competition actually helped them by eroding the power that male workers needed to restrict female employment and minimising the gender wage gap by sorting women into the least strength-intensive occupations. Where the strength requirements of an occupation made women less productive than men, occupational segregation maximised both economic efficiency and female incomes. She shows that women's wages were then market wages rather than customary and the gender wage gap resulted from actual differences in productivity.

Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9780521312288
Number of pages: 390
Weight: 520 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 20 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
Review of the hardback: 'Professor Joyce Burnette has produced a major new work; one in which her arguments are supported and reinforced by comprehensive statistical evidence. For anyone studying women's history this is necessary reading.' Don Vincent, the Open University History Society
Review of the hardback: 'This is a highly coherent study, the main thesis of which can be easily summarised: the main explanation as to why women earned less than men in industrial revolution Britain was economic rather than cultural.' Local Population Studies

You may also be interested in...

River Colne Shipbuilders
Added to basket
The Coalminers of Durham
Added to basket
A Weaver's Tale
Added to basket
£14.99
Paperback
The Slow Death of British Industry
Added to basket
Working Lives
Added to basket
£14.99
Paperback
Chocolate Wars
Added to basket
£10.99
Paperback
Tri-ang Toys
Added to basket
£6.99
Paperback
Railway Workshops
Added to basket
£6.99
Paperback
To the Edge of the World
Added to basket
Britain's Industrial Revolution
Added to basket
Giants of Steam
Added to basket
£11.99
Paperback
The British Toy Industry
Added to basket
Memories of the Lancashire Cotton Mills
Added to basket
Cornwall's Industrial Past
Added to basket
The Iron Industry
Added to basket

Reviews

Please sign in to write a review

Your review has been submitted successfully.