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The Politics of Domestic Authority in Britain since 1800
 
 
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13 Aug 2009
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This collection by some of the leading experts in the field examines the power struggles that have shaped domestic life in Britain since the early nineteenth century. Far from being the tranquil refuge from public life that Victorians liked to imagine, the home saw constant – and often violent - contests for authority between husbands and wives, parents and children, and masters and servants. This collection offers striking new insights into these relationships and looks at the way in which domestic authority was challenged by people or institutions outside the family, such as godparents, schools, and the legal system. The collection draws on social, cultural, legal and literary history, as well as social geography, to offer a critical assessment of some of the fundamental 'grand narratives' of modern British history: 'separate spheres', the rise of companionate marriage, the decline of deference, and sexual 'mutualism'. The Politics of Domestic Authority will appeal to anyone interested in recent work on the home, childhood, welfare systems, the family, generation, and gender in modern British and Irish history.


Description

This collection by some of the leading experts in the field examines the power struggles that have shaped domestic life in Britain since the early nineteenth century. Far from being the tranquil refuge from public life that Victorians liked to imagine, the home saw constant – and often violent - contests for authority between husbands and wives, parents and children, and masters and servants. This collection offers striking new insights into these relationships and looks at the way in which domestic authority was challenged by people or institutions outside the family, such as godparents, schools, and the legal system. The collection draws on social, cultural, legal and literary history, as well as social geography, to offer a critical assessment of some of the fundamental 'grand narratives' of modern British history: 'separate spheres', the rise of companionate marriage, the decline of deference, and sexual 'mutualism'. The Politics of Domestic Authority will appeal to anyone interested in recent work on the home, childhood, welfare systems, the family, generation, and gender in modern British and Irish history.


Reviews

'A valuable contribution and stimulus to debates about histories of domesticity, parenting and gender roles.' Lousie A. Jackson, Oxford Journals


Contents

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


Authors

LUCY DELAP is a fellow of St Catharine's 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 Women's History Network book prize.
 
BEN GRIFFIN is a Fellow of Girton College, Cambridge, and Lecturer in History at Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge, UK. He is currently completing a book entitled Feminism, masculinity and politics in Victorian Britain and a history of child custody law. In 2005 his doctoral thesis was awarded Cambridge University's Prince Consort and Thirlwall Prize and the Seeley Historical Medal.
 
ABIGAIL WILLS is a postdoctoral fellow in History at Brasenose College, Oxford, UK. Her research interests lie in the history of criminality in modern Britain, with a particular focus on youth and gender. Her publications include 'Delinquency, masculinity and citizenship in England, 1950-1970' Past and Present 187 (2005) and 'Historical myth-making in juvenile justice policy' History and Policy (2007).