They Worked All Their Lives
Women of the Urban Poor, 1880-1939 New edition
By (author) Carl Chinn
Normal Price: $18.30
Your Price: $16.47 AUD, inc. GST
Shipping: $7.95 per order
You Save: $1.83! (10% off normal price)
Plus...earn $0.82 in Boomerang Bucks
Availability: Available, ships in 10-12 days
They Worked All Their Lives by Carl Chinn
Book DescriptionWhile an undergraduate Carl Chinn recalls a lecturer postulating that working-class women were downtrodden and brow-beaten by their men: 'I remember thinking, "They're not in my family" ...I lacked the confidence to disagree, and to tell him that I knew many working-class women who were at least the equals of their men and who could fight physically. Indeed the first fight I had seen was when I was ten. My Nan had taken me and my brother down the Villa. An away fan had pinched Our Kid's scarf and Our Nan, just four foot eleven tall, turned round and laid the chap out with one punch. A tough woman whose fore-finger had been torn off by a machine at work, Our Nan was the daughter, mother and grandmother of strong, working-class women.' Often strong physically, women of the urban poor worked from when they were toddlers until they died. They worked inside and outside the house, cooking, washing, cleaning and planning how to get by; they worked as domestics in the houses of a middle class often arrogant and condescending in their attitudes towards them; they worked in factories, shops, mills and workshops; they worked in their neighbourhoods in providing vital services for their neighbours. Often earning her own income and receiving the earnings of her children, it was the mother who was in charge of the daily battle against hunger and hardships. Such supreme dedication and true grit earned these women the central role in the family and fostered the devotion of their children, who recognised a mother's command of the household finances, her ability to maintain a family's self-sufficiency through careful housekeeping and creative cooking, and her valiant efforts to stay clean and respectable. Married daughters chose to live close to their mothers, forming extended families in settled neighbourhoods and furthering cementing strong kinship ties. Older married women who were grannies and aunts held sway over large familial networks, and from this position of importance many of them achieved status in their neighbourhoods as layers-out, unofficial midwives, wise women, custodians of the moral code and guardians of the group consciousness. The women of the urban poor worked all their lives for their families and neighbours: they deserve our respect and admiration.
Buy They Worked All Their Lives book by Carl Chinn from Australia's Online Bookstore, Boomerang Books.
Book DetailsISBN: 9781859361191
(234mm x 156mm x 10mm)
Imprint: Carnegie Publishing Ltd
Publisher: Carnegie Publishing Ltd
Publish Date: 1-May-2006
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Carl Chinn
Poverty Amidst Prosperity, Paperback (May 2006)» View all books by Carl Chinn
Focusing on the urban poor, this book explains their way of life. Using working-class autobiographies and other evidence from working-class people themselves, it shows how people reacted to poverty, and brings to the fore their strategies for coping with their situation. It provides an introduction to those seeking to understand poverty.
» Have you read this book? We'd like to know what you think about it - write a review about They Worked All Their Lives book by Carl Chinn and you'll earn 50c in Boomerang Bucks loyalty dollars (you must be a member - it's free to sign up!)
Author Biography - Carl Chinn
Carl Chinn is Professor of Community History at the University of Birmingham. The vast amount of historical material he has collected through his Birmingham People's History Archive now forms the basis of the BirminghamLives project. Professor Chinn has written widely on social history and on the history of Birmingham. Poverty amidst prosperity: the urban poor in England, 1834-1914 is also published by Carnegie.
Bestselling Books: Our Current Bestsellers | Australia's Hottest 1000 Books | Bestselling Fiction | Bestselling Crime Mysteries and Thrillers | Bestselling Non Fiction Books | Bestselling Sport Books | Bestselling Gardening and Handicrafts Books | Bestselling Biographies | Bestselling Food and Drink | Bestselling History | Bestselling Travel Books | Bestselling School Textbooks & Study Guides | Bestselling Children's General Non-Fiction | Bestselling Young Adult Fiction | Bestselling Children's Fiction | Bestselling Picture Books | Top 100 US Bestsellers
Phone: 1300 36 33 32 (9am-5pm Mon-Fri AEST) - International: +61 2 9960 7998 - Online Form
Address: Boomerang Books, 878 Military Road, Mosman Junction, NSW, 2088
© 2003-2017. All Rights Reserved. Eclipse Commerce Pty Ltd - ACN: 122 110 687 - ABN: 49 122 110 687
For every $20 you spend on books, you will receive $1 in Boomerang Bucks loyalty dollars. You can use your Boomerang Bucks as a credit towards a future purchase from Boomerang Books. Note that you must be a Member (free to sign up) and that conditions do apply.