Female-headed households in early industrial Britain: the vanguard of the proletariat?

Humphries, Jane
March 1998
Labour History Review (Maney Publishing);Spring98, Vol. 63 Issue 1, p31
Academic Journal
This article focuses on the living standards of female-headed households in the industrial revolution in Great Britain. The article develops the historical narrative from their point of view. Standpoint epistemology suggests that politically disadvantaged positions offer scientific of the group on one side of a margin structure the activities of the group on the other side, and underscores the casual connections between the actions of both groups. Evidence is offered on the economic activity of women and children in female-headed households and effectively female-headed households during the industrial revolution drawn from a data set of household budgets which detail household composition, the earnings and occupations of family members, sources of income in kind or in cash, and patterns of family expenditure for the years 1787 to 1865.


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