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White, Male and Middle Class: Explorations in Feminism and History

ISBN: 978-0-7456-0956-0
320 pages
July 1992, Polity
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What are the relations between feminism and history, feminist politics and historical practice? What are the connections between gender and class? What part have racial identities and ethnic difference played in the construction of Englishness?

Through a series of provocative and richly detailed essays, Catherine Hall explores these questions. She argues that feminism has opened up vital new questions for history and transformed familiar historical narratives. Class can no longer be understood outside of gender, or gender outside of class.

But English identities have also been rooted in imperial power. White, Male and Middle Class explores the ways in which middle-class masculinities were rooted in conceptions of power over dependants - whether black or female.

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1. Feminist and Feminist History.

Part I. The Beginnings.

2. The History of the Housewife.

Part II. Gender and Class.

3. The Early Formation of Victorian Domestic Ideology.

4. Gender Divisions and Class Formation in the.

Birmingham Middle Class 1780-1850.

5. The Butcher, The Baker, The Candlestick maker:.

The Shop and the Family in the Industrial Revolution.

6. The Tale of Samuel and Jemima:.

Gender and Working-Class Culture in Early Nineteenth-Century England.

7. Private Persons Versus Public Someones:.

Class, Gender and Politics in England, 1780-1850.

8. Strains in the 'Firm of Wife, Children and Friends:' Middle-Class Women and Employment in Early Nineteenth-Century England.

Part III. Race, Ethnicity and Difference.

9. Competing Masculinities:.

Thomas Carlyle, John Stuart Mill and the Case of Governor Eyre.

10. Missionary Stories:.

Gender and Ethnicity in England in the 1830s and 1840s.
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Catherine Hall is the author (with Leonore Davidoff) of Family Fortunes: Men and Women in the English Middle Class 1780-1850.
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  • Catherine Hall's new book represents a 'pulling together' of the field of feminist history
  • She provides a variety of new research on gender and ethnicity
  • Catherine Hall is a leading, internationally famous author in feminism and history.
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"...[Hall] successfully teases out the inter-relationships of gender, class and race as separate and interconnected bases of power ... This collection is full of insight intermingled with historical detail." Times Higher Education Supplement

"This work begins to set out a new agenda and asks the kind of questions to which students in late twentieth century British multi-cultural society desperately want and need answers." LSE Magazine

"This collection of interrelated essays, written in Hall's incisive style, can be wholeheartedly recommended to academics and students alike." History

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