Women and Ageing in British Society since 1500

1st Edition

Lynn Botelho, Pat Thane

Routledge
Published January 2, 2001
Textbook - 260 Pages
ISBN 9780582329027 - CAT# Y158967
Series: Women And Men In History

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Summary

Women have always made up the majority of older people: this examination of the lives of elderly women in Britain in the period 1500 to the present reveals attitudes towards the ageing process. It sheds light on household structures as well as wider issues - including the history of the family, the process of industrialisation, the poor law, and welfare provision - and questions many common beliefs about elderly women, particularly that female old age was a time of poverty and want. An important book for students of history and sociology alike.

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