This work compares and contrasts the relationship between women's farm work and the imagery that surrounded it. Historians usually assume that women's work in agriculture increased from the late-18th century, began to decline in the 1850s, and vanished at the end of the 19th century. In contrast, the same period saw the steady and widespread growth of the rural idyll and the myth of the ideal wife and mother who supposedly lived in a rose-covered cottage, beside a village green, surrounded by a bevy of children and chickens. Within this context, working-class women are not seen as passive victims of the middle class, but as active agents who frequently defended both their work and their rights as they saw them. "Women of the Fields" describes the work that women did in agriculture, as seen in the parliamentary reports of 1843, 1867 and the 1890s and the meanings given to that work in the local and national press, farming advice books, autobiographies, and the art and literature of the period. Karen Sayer places her analysis within the context of the changing nature of agriculture at this time, in particular in the counties of Norfolk, Northumberland and Somerset, and explores the complex issues in terms of both class and gender.
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Descrizione libro Manchester Univ Pr. Hardcover. Condizione libro: Very Good. 0719041422 Crisp, clean, unread hardcover with light shelfwear to the dust jacket and a small remainder mark to one edge - Nice!. Codice libro della libreria Z0719041422Z2
Descrizione libro Manchester Univ Pr, 1995. Hardcover. Condizione libro: Very Good. Very good. Codice libro della libreria HH-247-22-7338707