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Family Structure in the Staffordshire Potteries 1840–1880

Marguerite W. Dupree

Published in print March 1995 | ISBN: 9780198204008
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191676079 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198204008.001.0001

Series: Oxford Historical Monographs

Family Structure in the Staffordshire Potteries 1840–1880

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This study analyzes how people both create and adapt to the process of industrialization. It offers a case-study of the Potteries, which both complements and in some respects challenges studies of family structure in other areas during the nineteenth century. The book focuses on family relationships — between husbands and wives, parents and children, individuals and their wider kin network — not in isolation, but in the context of the workplace and of other institutions within the community. She reveals the flexibility of nuclear families with regard to both work and welfare, and highlights the key role of women in shaping the responses of families to their circumstances. Her approach combines demography with social history to offer many valuable insights into industrialization and its impact on family life.

Keywords: industrialization; Potteries; family structure; nineteenth century; family relationships; nuclear families; workplace; welfare; women

Book.  426 pages.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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Introduction in Family Structure in the Staffordshire Potteries 1840–1880

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The Geographical, Economic, and Social Background in Family Structure in the Staffordshire Potteries 1840–1880

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Households and Families in Family Structure in the Staffordshire Potteries 1840–1880

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Work and Family Patterns in Family Structure in the Staffordshire Potteries 1840–1880

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Firm, Family, and Community: Wedgwoods and Etruria in Family Structure in the Staffordshire Potteries 1840–1880

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Families, Employers and the Origins of the Factory Acts Extension in Family Structure in the Staffordshire Potteries 1840–1880

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The Impact of the Extended Factory Acts on Families in Family Structure in the Staffordshire Potteries 1840–1880

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Alternative Sources of Assistance? in Family Structure in the Staffordshire Potteries 1840–1880

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Solving Problems: Families and Others in Family Structure in the Staffordshire Potteries 1840–1880

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Conclusion in Family Structure in the Staffordshire Potteries 1840–1880

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