A Man's Place: Masculinity and the Middle-Class Home in by John Tosh

By John Tosh

Domesticity is usually taken care of as a side of women’s background. during this attention-grabbing learn of the nineteenth-century heart classification, John Tosh indicates how profoundly men’s lives have been conditioned by means of the Victorian excellent and the way they negotiated its many contradictions.

Tosh starts off by way of the event of boyhood, married existence, intercourse, and fatherhood within the early many years of the 19th century—illustrated by means of case reviews representing quite a few backgrounds—and then contrasts this with the lives of the past due Victorian new release. He reveals that the 1st workforce of guys put a brand new price at the domestic as a response to the disorienting adventure of urbanization and as a reaction to the lessons of Evangelical Christianity. Domesticity nonetheless proved challenging in perform, even though, simply because so much males have been prone to be absent from domestic for many of the day, and the function of dad started to collect its glossy indeterminacy. via the 1870s, males have been changing into much less enchanted with the pleasures of domestic. as soon as the rights of other halves have been prolonged by way of legislation and society, marriage appeared much less appealing, and the bachelor international of clubland flourished as by no means before.

The Victorians declared that to be absolutely human and completely masculine, males has to be lively individuals in household lifestyles. In exposing the contradictions during this excellent, they outlined the weather for gender politics within the subsequent century.

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