When gossips meet : women, family, and neighbourhood in early Modern England

Bernard Capp

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, with its 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 women did not openly challenge male supremacy, they could often play a significant role in shaping their own lives and the life of the local community.

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  • 1. Introduction
  • 2. Patriarchy and the World of Gossips
  • 3. Families and Gossips: The Experience of Marriage
  • 4. Maidservants and the Politics of the Household
  • 5. Women and Neighbours: Female Disputes
  • 6. Women and Neighbours: Disputes with Men
  • 7. Women as Citizens: Public and Political Life
  • 8. Recreation, Religion, and Female Culture
  • 9. Conclusion
  • Bibliography of Unpublished Sources
  • Index

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書名 When gossips meet : women, family, and neighbourhood in early Modern England
著作者等 Capp, B. S.
Capp Bernard
シリーズ名 Oxford studies in social history
出版元 Oxford University Press
刊行年月 2003
ページ数 vi, 398 p.
大きさ 22 cm
ISBN 0199255989
NCID BA61167590
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言語 英語
出版国 イギリス