The Politics of Domestic Authority in Britain since 1800

Hardcover | September 15, 2009

EditorLucy Delap, Ben Griffin, Abigail Wills

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This collection of essays explores the broad range of influences which have shaped the distribution of authority within British homes and families - religion, commercial advertising, governments, welfare professionals, medical experts, psychologists and the law.

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This collection of essays explores the broad range of influences which have shaped the distribution of authority within British homes and families - religion, commercial advertising, governments, welfare professionals, medical experts, psychologists and the law.

LUCY DELAP is a fellow of St Catharines College, and associated lecturer at the History Faculty, University of Cambridge, UK. Her recent book, The Feminist Avant-Garde: transatlantic encounters of the early twentieth century (CUP, 2007) won the 2008 Womens History Network book prize.   BEN GRIFFIN is a Fellow of Girton College, Cambri...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:336 pages, 8.89 × 5.6 × 0.9 inPublished:September 15, 2009Publisher:Palgrave MacmillanLanguage:English

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Introduction: The Politics of Domestic Authority in Britain since 1800--B.Griffin, L.Delap, &--A.Wills * PART I: VIOLENCE AND THE LAW * 'I am Master Here': Illegitimacy, Masculinity, and Violence in Victorian England--G.Frost * 'the instrument of an animal function': Marital Rape and Sexual Cruelty in the Divorce Court, 1858-1908--G.Savage * PART II: POVERTY AND THE STATE * Irish Orphans and the Politics of Domestic Authority--A.Clark * Fatherhood and Family Shame: Masculinity, Welfare and the Workhouse in Late Nineteenth Century England--M.Doolittle
* PART III: DOMESTICITY * 'Tiresome trips downstairs': Middle-Class Domestic Space and Family Relationships in England, 1850-1910--J.Hamlett * Love and Authority in Mid Twentieth-Century Marriages: Sharing and Caring--S.Szreter&--K.Fisher * 'A paradise on earth, a foretaste of Heaven': English Catholic Understandings of Domesticity and Marriage, 1945-65--A.Harris * PART IV: DOMESTIC SERVICE * Domestic Servants as Poachers of Print: Reading, Authority and Resistance in Late Victorian Britain--M.Beetham * Authority, Dependence and Power in Accounts of Twentieth Century Domestic Service--J.Giles * PART V: PARENTING AND CHILDHOOD
Childcare and Neglect: a Comparative Local Study of Late Nineteenth-Century Parental Authority--S.Pooley * Godfathering: The Politics of Victorian Family Relations--V.Sanders * 'Beating children is wrong': Domestic life, Psychological Thinking and the Permissive Turn--D.Thom