Women Workers and Gender Identities, 1835-1913: The Cotton and Metal Industries in England, 1st Edition (Paperback) book cover

Women Workers and Gender Identities, 1835-1913

The Cotton and Metal Industries in England, 1st Edition

By Carol E. Morgan


240 pages

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Women Workers and Gender Identities, 1835 - 1913 examines the experiences of women workers in the cotton and small metals industries and the discourses surrounding their labour. It demonstrates how ideas of womanhood often clashed with the harsh realities of working-class life that forced women into such unfeminine trades as chain-making and brass polishing. Thus discourses constructing women as wives and mothers, or associating women's work with distinctly feminine attributes, were often undercut and subverted.


'Morgan is to be congratulated on producing such a coherent and sophisticated analysis from the daunting array of data and theoretical perspectives on offer. The lucid presentation disguises an immensely complicated narrative, and the brevity if the text belies an impressive breadth and depth of knowledge.' - Katrina Honeyman, Northern History, September 2002

About the Series

Women's and Gender History

Recent years have witnessed a variety of challenges to the legitimacy of women's history, ranging from the deconstructions of French theory to the advent of 'gender' studies with its post-feminist implications. This series aims to re-establish women's history and to continue to challenge the assumptions of much mainstream history.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HISTORY / General
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Gender Studies