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Elite Women in English Political Life c.1754-1790.

By: Chalus, Elaine.
Material type: TextTextSeries: eBooks on Demand.Oxford Historical Monographs: Publisher: Oxford : Clarendon Press, 2005Description: 1 online resource (289 p.).ISBN: 9780191535604.Subject(s): Great Britain -- Politics and government -- 18th century | Great Britain -- Politics and government | Women -- Political activity -- England -- History -- 18th century | Women -- Political activity -- England -- History | Women -- Political activity -- EnglandGenre/Form: Electronic books.Additional physical formats: Print version:: Elite Women in English Political Life c.1754-1790DDC classification: 320.082/094209033 Online resources: Click here to view this ebook.
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Contents; Introduction; 1. Women and Politics; 2. Women''s Political Roles; 3. Women and Social Politics; 4. Women and Patronage; 5. Women and the Electoral Process; 6. Maintaining the Family Interest; 7. ''Up to the Ears in Electioneering''; 8. Conclusion; Bibliography; Index
Summary: Based on wide-ranging, original research into political, personal, and general correspondences across a period of significant social and political change, this book explores the gendered nature of politics and political life in eighteenth-century England by focusing on the political involvement of female members of the political elite. Elaine Chalus challenges the notion that only exceptional women were involved in politics, that their participation was necessarily limited andindirect, and that their involvement was inevitably declining after the 1784 Westminster Election. While exceptional women did exist and gender did condition women''s participation, the personal, social, and particularly the familial nature of eighteenth-century politics provided more women with a widervariety of opportunities for involvement than ever before. Women from politically active families grew up with politics, absorbing its rituals, and their own involvement extended from politicized socializing up to borough control and election management. Their participation was often accepted, expected, or even demanded, depending upon family traditions, personal abilities, and the demands of political expediency. Chalus reveals that, although women''s involvement in political life was always potentially more problematic than men''s, given contemporary concerns about the links between sex, politics, and corruption, their participation was largely unproblematic as long as their activities could be explained by recourse to a familial model which depicted their participation as subordinate and supportive of men''s. It was when they came to be seen as the leading political actors in a cause that theyoverstepped the mark and became targets of sexualized criticism. Contemporary critics worried that politically active women posed a threat to male polity, but what actually made them threatening was that they proved that women were not politically incompetent and implicitly demonstrated that gender was not areason for political exclusion. Although the dividing line between acceptable and unacceptable female political behaviours was sharper from the late eighteenth century onward, Chalus suggests that women who were willing to work creatively within the familial model could and did remain politically active into - and through - the nineteenth century.
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Contents; Introduction; 1. Women and Politics; 2. Women''s Political Roles; 3. Women and Social Politics; 4. Women and Patronage; 5. Women and the Electoral Process; 6. Maintaining the Family Interest; 7. ''Up to the Ears in Electioneering''; 8. Conclusion; Bibliography; Index

Based on wide-ranging, original research into political, personal, and general correspondences across a period of significant social and political change, this book explores the gendered nature of politics and political life in eighteenth-century England by focusing on the political involvement of female members of the political elite. Elaine Chalus challenges the notion that only exceptional women were involved in politics, that their participation was necessarily limited andindirect, and that their involvement was inevitably declining after the 1784 Westminster Election. While exceptional women did exist and gender did condition women''s participation, the personal, social, and particularly the familial nature of eighteenth-century politics provided more women with a widervariety of opportunities for involvement than ever before. Women from politically active families grew up with politics, absorbing its rituals, and their own involvement extended from politicized socializing up to borough control and election management. Their participation was often accepted, expected, or even demanded, depending upon family traditions, personal abilities, and the demands of political expediency. Chalus reveals that, although women''s involvement in political life was always potentially more problematic than men''s, given contemporary concerns about the links between sex, politics, and corruption, their participation was largely unproblematic as long as their activities could be explained by recourse to a familial model which depicted their participation as subordinate and supportive of men''s. It was when they came to be seen as the leading political actors in a cause that theyoverstepped the mark and became targets of sexualized criticism. Contemporary critics worried that politically active women posed a threat to male polity, but what actually made them threatening was that they proved that women were not politically incompetent and implicitly demonstrated that gender was not areason for political exclusion. Although the dividing line between acceptable and unacceptable female political behaviours was sharper from the late eighteenth century onward, Chalus suggests that women who were willing to work creatively within the familial model could and did remain politically active into - and through - the nineteenth century.

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Elaine Chalus is Senior Lecturer in History at Bath Spa University. Prior to this she was a Junior Research Fellow at Wolfson College and worked on Past & Present.

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