Papers from the conference "Much toil and little hope : work, gender and wages in England in 1600-1830", May 2000, Cromford Mill, Derbyshire, England.\ud Includes bibliographical references (p. 212-232) and index.Contents: Introduction / Jane Humphries and K.D.M. Snell -- "Waste children?" pauper apprenticeship under the Elizabethan poor laws, c. 1598-1697 / Steve Hindle -- Gender at sea : women and the East India Company in seventeenth-century London / Pamela Sharpe -- Sickles and scythes revisited : harvest work, wages, and symbolic meanings / Michael Roberts -- A customary or market wage? women and work in the East Midlands, c. 1700-1840 / Penelope Lane -- "Meer pennies for my baskitt will be enough": women, work, and welfare, 1770-1830 / Steven King -- Caring for the sick poor : poor law nurses in Bedfordshire, c. 1770-1834 / Samantha Williams -- "A humbler, industrious class of female" : women's employment and industry in the small towns of southern England, c. 1790-1840 / Neil Raven -- A diminishing force? reassessing the employment of female day labourers in English agriculture, c. 1790-1850 / Nicola Verdon.Summary: Women's work is recognised as fundamental to the industrialization of Britain in many fields. How it was rewarded is the subject of these studies, ranging over time, region, and occupation. Topics discussed here include children under the parish apprenticeship system, women's work for poor law authorities and how it was taken into account by welfare systems, the changing nature of women's work, remuneration and technology in British agriculture, questions of customary norms governing pay, female employment in many hitherto neglected urban industries, and women and the East India Company. The issues of gendered wages and customary earnings, family economies, regional and rural-urban contrasts, the impact of technological change, and the links between female work and formal welfare systems, are raised throughout. The contributors include: Steve Hindle, Jane Humphries, Steven King, Penelope Lane, Neil Raven, Michael Roberts, Pamela Sharpe, K.D.M. Snell, Nicola Verdon, Samantha Williams.This book is available from Boydell and Brewer at https://www.boydellandbrewer.com/store/viewItem.asp?idProduct=12974Metadata only entr
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