Parenting in England 1760-1830: Emotion, Identity, and Generation

Hardcover | May 26, 2012

byJoanne Bailey

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Parenting in England is the first study of the world of parenting in late Georgian England. The author, Joanne Bailey, traces ideas about parenthood in a Christian society that was responding to new cultural trends of sensibility, romanticism and domesticity, along with Enlightenment ideasabout childhood and self. All these shaped how people, from the poor to the genteel, thought about themselves as parents, and remembered their own parents. With meticulous attention to detail, Bailey illuminates the range of intense emotions provoked by parenthood by investigating a rich array of sources from memoirs and correspondence, to advice literature, fiction, and court records, to prints, engravings, and ballads. Parenting was also a profoundlyembodied experience, and the book captures the effort, labour, and hard work it entailed. Such parental investment meant that the experience was fundamental to the forging of national, familial, and personal identities. It also needed more than two parents and this book uncovers the hitherto hiddenworld of shared parenting. At all levels of society, household and kinship ties were drawn upon to lighten the labours of parenting. By revealing these emotional and material parental worlds, what emerges is the centrality of parenthood to mental and physical well-being, reputation, public and personal identities, and to transmitting prized values across generations. Yet being a parent was a contingent experience adapting fromhour to hour, year to year, and child to child. It was at once precarious, as children and parents succumbed to fatal diseases and accidents, yet it was also enduring because parent-child relationships were not ended by death: lost children and parents lived on in memory.

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Parenting in England is the first study of the world of parenting in late Georgian England. The author, Joanne Bailey, traces ideas about parenthood in a Christian society that was responding to new cultural trends of sensibility, romanticism and domesticity, along with Enlightenment ideasabout childhood and self. All these shaped how ...

Dr Joanne Bailey is a Senior Lecturer at Oxford Brookes University. She has published several articles on parents, fatherhood, marriage, and marital and gender relationships. Her first book was a history of married life in the long eighteenth century.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:304 pagesPublished:May 26, 2012Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199565198

ISBN - 13:9780199565191

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Table of Contents

Introduction: Georgian parents and their worldPart I: Parenting and parenthood: ideals, representations, and meanings1. The emotional and feeling parent2. The embodied and providing parent3. The disciplining and instructive parentPart II: Parenting and parenthood: public, family, and personal identities4. Parenthood and public identity: symbolic parents5. Family identity: parentage, parents, and being parented6. Selfhood and being a parent: cultural conventions, tensions, and complexitiesPart III: Generations: transmitted values, shared endeavours, and evolving relationships7. Transferring values8. Shared parenting9. Changing relationshipsConclusionAppendixBibliography