When Gossips Meet: Women, Family, and Neighbourhood in Early Modern England - Bernard Capp - cover

When Gossips Meet: Women, Family, and Neighbourhood in Early Modern England

Bernard Capp

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Collana: Oxford Studies in Social History
Anno: 2004
Rilegatura: Paperback / softback
Pagine: 412 p.
Testo in English
Dimensioni: 217 x 138 mm
Peso: 492 gr.
  • EAN: 9780199273195
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.
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