Women and Ageing in British Society since 1500

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Routledge, Jul 30, 2014 - History - 260 pages
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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Who most needs to marry? Ageing and inequality among women and men
the lifecycle of single women in early modern England
The old womans home in eighteenthcentury England
The residence patterns of elderly English women in comparative perspective
Old and incapable? Louisa Twining and elderly women in Victorian Britain
older women in the twentiethcentury countryside
Old women in twentiethcentury Britain
Older women in Britain since 1500 Lynn Botelho

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