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The Lombard Silk-spinners in the Nineteenth Century: An Industrial Workforce in a Rural Setting

  • Anna Cento Bull
Part of the University of Reading European and International Studies book series (UREIS)

Abstract

This chapter focuses on women factory workers in the Lombard countryside during the nineteenth century. In recent years, thanks to the expansion of social history on the one hand and of research into proto-industrialisation on the other, the importance of the role of the family and of women’s work in pre-industrial and industrial communities in Western Europe has been rightly emphasised (Gullickson, 1986; Hufton, 1975 and 1981; Medick, 1981; Snell, 1981; Tilly and Scott, 1978). Even more recently, the attention of social historians has turned to working women’s participation in collective actions, and research on male working-class sociability and organisations has been extended to take into account female working-class (or proto-industrial) patterns of social and political behaviour (Frader, 1981; McGuigan, 1977; Scott, 1984; Tilly, 1981). As J. W. Scott has pointed out, there is a need now to bring together what in the past have constituted two distinct fields of research, ‘one into labour history, the other into the history of women; the one focusing on work and protest, the other on gender and work’ (Scott, 1984, p. 68).

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Nineteenth Century Factory System Female Labour Hilly Area Female Member 
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