Victorian Women, Unwed Mothers and the London Foundling Hospital (BOK)

Jessica A. Sheetz-Nguyen

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This title covers sex, gender, charity and class in Victorian Britain. This volume seeks to address the questions of poverty, charity, and public welfare, taking the nineteenth-century London Foundling Hospital as its focus. It delineates the social rules that constructed the gendered world of the Victorian age, and uses 'respectability' as a factor for analysis: the women who successfully petitioned the Foundling Hospital for admission of their infants were not East End prostitutes, but rather unmarried women, often domestic servants, determined to maintain social respectability. The administrators of the Foundling Hospital reviewed over two hundred petitions annually; deliberated on about one hundred cases; and, accepted not more than 25 per cent of all cases. Using primary material from the Foundling Hospital's extensive archives, this study moves methodically from the broad social and geographical context of London and the Foundling Hospital itself, to the micro-historical case data of individual mothers and infants.

Produktfakta

Språk Engelsk Engelsk Innbinding Heftet
Utgitt 2012 Forfatter Jessica A. Sheetz-Nguyen
Forlag
CONTINUUM ACADEMIC PUBLISHING
ISBN 9781441141125
Antall sider 208 Dimensjoner 15,6cm x 23,4cm x 2,8cm
Leverandør Bertram Trading Ltd Emner og form British & Irish history, Social & cultural history, Modern history to 20th century: c 1700 to c 1900, Social welfare & social services