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Love, Intimacy and Power By Katie Barclay

Love, Intimacy and Power
by Katie Barclay

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This book explores the marital relationships of the Scottish elites, 1650-1850, looking at how they negotiated love, intimacy and power in a patriarchal culture.
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Love, Intimacy and Power Summary

Love, Intimacy and Power: Marriage and Patriarchy in Scotland, 1650-1850 by Katie Barclay

Through an analysis of the correspondence of over one hundred couples from the Scottish elites across the seventeenth to nineteenth centuries, this book explores how ideas around the nature of emotional intimacy, love, and friendship within marriage adapted to a modernising economy and society. Patriarchy continued to be the central model for marriage across the period and as a result, women found spaces to hold power within the family, but could not translate it to power beyond the household. Comparing the Scottish experience to that across Europe and North America, Barclay shows that throughout the eighteenth-century, far from being a side-note in European history, Scottish ideas about gender and marriage became culturally dominant. This book will be vital to those studying and teaching Scottish social history, and those interested in the history of marriage and gender. It will also appeal to feminists interested in the history of patriarchy.

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Love, Intimacy and Power Reviews

Winner of the 2012 Senior Hume Brown Prize in Scottish History and the 2012 Women's History Network (UK) Book Prize -- .

About Katie Barclay

Katie Barclay is a Research Fellow in Irish Studies at Queen's University, Belfast.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements 1. Introduction: thinking patriarchy 2. Marriage within Scottish culture 3. The first step to marriage: courtship 4. The construction of patriarchy: love, obligation and obedience 5. The negotiation of patriarchy: intimacy, friendship and duty 6. The ambiguities of patriarchy: the marital economy 7. When negotiation fails: the abuses of patriarchy 8. Conclusion: rethinking patriarchy Select bibliography Index

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Love, Intimacy and Power: Marriage and Patriarchy in Scotland, 1650-1850 by Katie Barclay
Katie Barclay
Gender in History
Used - Very Good
Manchester University Press
Winner of Women's History Network Book Prize 2012 (UK)
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