White, Male and Middle Class

White, Male and Middle Class : Explorations in Feminism and History

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Charting British feminist history over the past 20 years, this book examines its objects of study, its theoretical debates and its definitions of the politics of history. Reflecting on the particularities of British feminism and the ways in which this has shaped the concerns of feminist history, Hall explores the construction of gendered identities within the English middle-class from the 19th century. From the early enthusiasm of the 1970s for the hidden histories and lost experiences of women, feminist history has become increasingly concerned with men as well as women, with a rewriting of history from a woman's perspective and a gendered perspective. In the 1980s, race became a vital issue for feminism and the last section of the book explores the connections between gendered and racial identities - the different ways in which 19th-century men attempted to exercise power over all their dependants, whether black or female.show more

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  • Hardback | 270 pages
  • 152 x 229mm | 545g
  • Polity Press
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • 0745609376
  • 9780745609379

Table of contents

Feminist and feminist history. Part 1 The beginnings; the history of the housewife. Part 2 Gender and class: the early formation of Victorian domestic ideology; gender divisions and class formation in the Birmingham middle class 1780-1850; the butcher, the baker, the candlestickmaker - the shop and the family in the Industrial Revolution; the tale of Samuel and Jemima - gender and working class culture in early 19th century England; private persons versus public someones - class, gender and politics in England, 1780-1850; strains in the "firm of wife, children and friends" middle class western and employment in early 19th century England. Part 3 Race, ethnicity and difference: competing masculinities - Thomas Carlyle, John Stuart Mill and the case of Governor Eyre; missionary stories - gender and ethnicity in England in the 1830s and 1840s.show more