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When Gossips Meet: Women, Family, and Neighbourhood in Early Modern England - Oxford Studies in Social History (Paperback)
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When Gossips Meet: Women, Family, and Neighbourhood in Early Modern England - Oxford Studies in Social History (Paperback)

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Paperback 412 Pages / Published: 15/07/2004
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This book explores how women of the poorer and middling sorts in early modern England negotiated a patriarchal culture in which they were generally excluded, marginalized, or subordinated. It focuses on the networks of close friends ('gossips') which gave them a social identity beyond the narrowly domestic, providing both companionship and practical support in disputes with husbands and with neighbours of either sex. The book also examines the micropolitics of the household, with its internal alliances and feuds, and women's agency in neighbourhood politics, exercised by shaping local public opinion, exerting pressure on parish officials, and through the role of informal female juries. If women did not openly challenge male supremacy, they could often play a significant role in shaping their own lives and the life of the local community.

Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 9780199273195
Number of pages: 412
Weight: 492 g
Dimensions: 217 x 138 x 24 mm


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...a top notch book...is jam-packed with good material and it has a string of well backed-up arguments that the rest of us now need to take on board and work with. * Paul Griffiths, Culutral and Social History *
All social and cultural historians of early modern England will find much of interest in Professor Capp's wonderfully written account of the hidden stories of women's accommodation and resistance to patriarchy. * David Turner, H-Net Book Review *

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