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A History of the Girl

Formation, Education and Identity

Editors: O'Dowd, Mary, Purvis, June (Eds.)

  • Explores themes in the history of the girl and girlhood in ten countries in four continents
  • Compares the history of girls geographically as well as chronologically
  • Considers the history of the education of girls as well as the contribution of girls to the world of work
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About this book

This book is centered on the history of the girl from the medieval period through to the early twenty-first century. Authored by an international team of scholars, the volume explores the transition from adolescent girlhood to young womanhood, the formation and education of girls in the home and in school, and paid work undertaken by girls in different parts of the world and at different times. It highlights the value of a comparative approach to the history of the girl, as the contributors point to shared attitudes to girlhood and the similarity of the experiences of girls in workplaces across the world. Contributions to the volume also emphasise the central role of girls in the global economy, from their participation in the textile industry in the eighteenth century, through to the migration of girls to urban centres in twentieth-century Africa and China.

About the authors

Mary O’Dowd is Professor of Gender History at Queen’s University Belfast, UK. Her publications include A History of Women in Ireland, 1500-1800 (2005) and Reading the Irish Woman Case Studies in Cultural Encounters and Exchange (co-authored with Gerardine Meaney and Bernadette Whelan, 2014). She has recently completed a co-authored study of the history of marriage in Ireland, 1660-1925.
June Purvis is Emeritus Professor of Women's and Gender History at Portsmouth University, UK. She is Founding and Managing Editor of the journal Women’s History Review and author of Emmeline Pankhurst: A Biography (2002) and Christabel Pankhurst: A Biography (2018), as well as co-editor of thirteen edited book collections. She is Chair of the Women’s History Network and Treasurer and Secretary of the International Federation for Research in Women’s History.

Table of contents (13 chapters)

  • Introduction

    O’Dowd, Mary (et al.)

    Pages 1-11

  • Girls at Work in the Middle Ages

    Brouquet, Sophie

    Pages 13-31

  • From ‘Young Women’ to ‘Female Adolescents’: Dutch Advice Literature during the Long Nineteenth Century

    Tilburg, Marja

    Pages 33-52

  • Adolescent Girlhood in Eighteenth-Century Ireland

    O’Dowd, Mary

    Pages 53-73

  • Young Women, Textile Labour, and Marriage in Europe and China around 1800

    Waltner, Ann (et al.)

    Pages 75-102

Buy this book

eBook $79.99
price for USA (gross)
  • ISBN 978-3-319-69278-4
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: PDF, EPUB
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $99.99
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-3-319-69277-7
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
A History of the Girl
Book Subtitle
Formation, Education and Identity
Editors
  • Mary O'Dowd
  • June Purvis
Copyright
2018
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-69278-4
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-69278-4
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-69277-7
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIII, 266
Number of Illustrations
3 illustrations in colour
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