Identity and Agency in England, 1500–1800

Editors: Barry, J., French, H. (Eds.)

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This collection of essays is arranged around the central issue raised by a raft of new empirical research - the relationship between social identity, or the 'vision of the self', and the ways in which this can explain historical agency. If identities in early modern society were multiple, complex, and dependent on context, rather than homogenous, consistent, or easily determined, then it is difficult to make simple causal links to behaviour. This collection aims to make innovative new research on the structures of English society available to the wider scholarly audience. The essays use a number of detailed contextual case studies to explore the twin themes of the nature of identities in early modern society, and their role in influencing historical agency. They examine the variety of identities available to individuals in early modern England, and the ways in which these were invoked and employed.

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HELEN BERRY Lecturer in History, University of Newcastle, UK STEVE HINDLE Professor of History, University of Warwick, UK PETER KING Professor of Social History, University College, Northampton, UK CRAIG MULDREW Lecturer in History, Queen's College, Cambridge, UK ALEXANDRA SHEPARD Lecturer in History, Christ's College, Cambridge, UK JUDITH SPICKSLEY ESRC Research Fellow, Department of History, University of Hull, UK PHIL WITHINGTON Lecturer in History, University of Aberdeen, UK

Table of contents (8 chapters)

Table of contents (8 chapters)
  • ‘Identity and Agency in English Society, 1500–1800’— Introduction

    Pages 1-37

    French, Henry (et al.)

  • Civility, Honesty and the Identification of the Deserving Poor in Seventeenth-century England

    Pages 38-59

    Hindle, Steve

  • Social Inequality, Identity and the Labouring Poor in Eighteenth-century England

    Pages 60-86

    King, Peter

  • Honesty, Worth and Gender in Early Modern England, 1560–1640

    Pages 87-105

    Shepard, Alexandra

  • A Dynamic Model of Social Relations: Celibacy, Credit and the Identity of the ‘Spinster’ in Seventeenth-century England

    Pages 106-146

    Spicksley, Judith

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Identity and Agency in England, 1500–1800
Editors
  • J. Barry
  • H. French
Copyright
2004
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan UK
Copyright Holder
Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Macmillan Publishers Limited
eBook ISBN
978-0-230-52310-4
DOI
10.1057/9780230523104
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-4039-1764-5
Softcover ISBN
978-1-349-51352-9
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XI, 254
Number of Illustrations
2 b/w illustrations
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