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

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ISBN-10: 0199273197

ISBN-13: 9780199273195

Edition: 2004

Authors: Bernard Capp

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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, withits 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…    
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Book details

List price: $99.00
Copyright year: 2004
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 9/16/2004
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 412
Size: 5.43" wide x 8.50" long x 0.95" tall
Weight: 1.100
Language: English

Introduction
Patriarchy and the World of Gossips
Families and Gossips: The Experience of Marriage
Maidservants and the Politics of the Household
Women and Neighbours: Female Disputes
Women and Neighbours: Disputes with Men
Women as Citizens: Public and Political Life
Recreation, Religion, and Female Culture
Conclusion
Bibliography of Unpublished Sources
Index