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Gender, Power and the Unitarians in England, 1760-1860 By Ruth Watts

Gender, Power and the Unitarians in England, 1760-1860 by Ruth Watts

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Explores the role the Unitarians played in female emancipation. Many leading female figures of the late 18th and 19th centuries were Unitarian, or influenced by Unitarian ideas. This study examines how successful they were in challenging the ideas and social conventions affecting women.

Gender, Power and the Unitarians in England, 1760-1860 Summary

Gender, Power and the Unitarians in England, 1760-1860 by Ruth Watts

This new study explores the role the Unitarians played in female emancipation. Many leading figures of the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries were Unitarian, or were heavily influenced by Unitarian ideas, including: Mary Wollstonecraft, Elizabeth Gaskell, George Eliot, and Florence Nightingale. Ruth Watts examines how far they were successful in challenging the ideas and social conventions affecting women. In the process she reveals the complex relationship between religion, gender, class and education and her study will be essential reading for those studying the origins of the feminist movement, nineteenth-century gender history, religious history or the history of education.

Table of Contents

Introduction. Part One 1760-1815. 1. The eighteenth century context: ideas on women and education. 2. Unitarianism and education. 3. Ideals into practice: Unitarians and women 1760s-1815. 4. To `loose the female mind': Unitarians and women 1760-1815. Part Two 1816-1860. 5. The Unitarian Context. 6. Schooling for Unitarians
7. Knowledge is Power: Gentlemen of England. 8. Unitarians and education for the working class: a gendered concern? 9. Political economy, adult education, class and gender. 10. Unitarians and gender issues in the 1850s: the seeds of feminism. Bibliographical Essay.







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NLS9780582288263
9780582288263
0582288266
Gender, Power and the Unitarians in England, 1760-1860 by Ruth Watts
New
Paperback
Taylor & Francis Ltd
1998-10-26
248
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