Thicker than Water: Siblings and their Relations, 1780-1920

Paperback | November 1, 2013

byLeonore Davidoff

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Thicker than Water is a pioneering study of sibling relationships from the last decades of the eighteenth century to the first decades of the twentieth. The particular focus of the book is on Britain and its middle classes, who were at its core, and the role of family networks created throughsibling relationships.Leanore Davidoff examines what we know about the relationships of brothers and sisters at this time, before delving deeper, looking at their uses and meaning for British middle class families, how they operated within the economic, social, cultural, and religious constraints of their place and time,and how they changed as families became smaller from the end of the nineteenth century onwards.

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Thicker than Water is a pioneering study of sibling relationships from the last decades of the eighteenth century to the first decades of the twentieth. The particular focus of the book is on Britain and its middle classes, who were at its core, and the role of family networks created throughsibling relationships.Leanore Davidoff exami...

Leonore Davidoff is Research Professor in the Department of Sociology at the University of Essex.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:464 pagesPublished:November 1, 2013Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199678367

ISBN - 13:9780199678365

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Table of Contents

IntroductionPart I: Exploring Kin and their Kind1. Kin and Family: Expert Opinions and Popular Views2. Finding SiblingsPart II: The Lattice of Kinship: A Historical Case Study3. The People and the Setting4. The 'Long Family' and Its Decline5. A Like Unlike: Siblings in Childhood and Youth6. A Dance of Intimacy and Separation: Siblings in Adulthood7. Forgotten Figures: Aunts, Uncles, Nieces, Nephews, and CousinsPart III: Life's Longest Relationship: Essays on Sibling Themes8. Sibling Intimacy and the Question of Incest9. The Rise and Fall of Close Marriage10. Gender, Age, and Authority: The case of Anne, William Ewart, and Helen Gladstone11. Sibling Silences: The Freud Family12. Sibling LossConclusionBibliographyIndex

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"A compelling and pathbreaking exploration of the neglected subject of siblingship. Hugely illuminating, informed by profound and broad scholarship, and also wonderfully readable, it is a work that will be of interest to historians and social scientists of all persuasions." --Janet Carsten, University of Edinburgh