Meanings of Manhood in Early Modern England - Oxford Studies in Social History (Paperback)
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Meanings of Manhood in Early Modern England - Oxford Studies in Social History (Paperback)

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Paperback 304 Pages / Published: 27/07/2006
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This path-breaking study explores the diverse and varied meanings of manhood in early modern England and their complex, and often contested, relationship with patriarchal principles. Using social, political and medical commentary, alongside evidence of social practice derived from court records, Dr Shepard argues that patriarchal ideology contained numerous contradictions, and that, while males were its primary beneficiaries, it was undermined and opposed by men as well as women. Patriarchal concepts of manhood existed in tension both with anti-patriarchal forms of resistance and with alternative codes of manhood which were sometimes primarily defined independently of patriarchal imperatives. As a result the differences within each sex, as well as between them, were intrinsic to the practice of patriarchy and the social distribution of its dividends in early modern England.

Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 9780199299348
Number of pages: 304
Weight: 424 g
Dimensions: 215 x 137 x 16 mm


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Review from previous edition This is a rich and subtle analysis and adds considerably to the sophistication of our understanding of social relations and social change in the early modern period. * Economic History Review *
Alexandra Shepard's fine book constitutes an important addition to the literature of gender in early modern England, and her emphasis on diversity in contemporary meanings of manhood lays down a challenge for others to pursue still further. * Bernard Capp, Reviews in History *

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