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When Gossips Meet

Women, Family, and Neighbourhood in Early Modern England

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When Gossips Meet by Bernard Capp
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This book explores how women of the poorer and middling sorts in early modern England negoitated 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.
Release date NZ
February 1st, 2003
Author
Country of Publication
United Kingdom
Imprint
Oxford University Press
Pages
408
Dimensions
145x223x26
ISBN-13
9780199255986
Product ID
2061386

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