Widows in White: Migration and the Transformation of Rural by Linda Reeder

By Linda Reeder

The transnational migrations of the early 20th century had a profound effect at the lives of many folks, yet none extra so than those that have been left at the back of. during this full of life interdisciplinary research, Linda Reeder examines the lives of rural Sicilian ladies and the alterations that happened due to male migration to the United States.Tracing the altering notions of male and female in rural Sicily, Reeder makes use of a wide selection of fundamental assets, together with beginning and dying files, govt files, novels, and newspapers, to discover the influence of industrialization on motherhood, kin, wage-work, and feminine civic identification, and convey how the approaches of migration, globalization, and country formation are deeply gendered. Grounded in empirical proof, Reeder makes use of the tools and theories of social heritage, women's background, anthropology, and cultural reports for you to know how migration altered women's identities. the alternatives those ladies made concerning family members, paintings, education, and fabric wealth redefined the bounds of neighborhood and kingdom, and helped them to assert a vital position within the quickly increasing worldwide industry.

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78 The likelihood of widows obtaining more relief than nevermarried women was even more striking in the seventeenth-century community of Aldenham. 79 75 SRO, SC 2/1/6; D/MC 1, 2; SC 9/1/19. Willen, ‘Women in the Public Sphere’, 563; W. Newman Brown, ‘The Receipt of Poor Relief and Family Situation: Aldenham, Hertfordshire 1630–90’, in Richard M. ), (New York: Cambridge University Press, 1984), 414. ), Poor Women and Children in the European Past (New York: Routledge, 1994), 202. 77 SRO, SC 10/1/1.

Nineteen of these single daughters lived in households that received relief payments, but such relief was assisting the household and not these singlewomen in particular. Out of an additional 63 women in the census whose marital status cannot be identified, 30 obtained economic assistance. 79 Brown, ‘The Receipt of Poor Relief ’, 412. 76 36 Singlewomen and Widows Historians of early modern England have largely characterized the ‘deserving’ poor as women, but the above examples caution against such a generalization.

Hill, Women Alone, 94 SRO, SC/AG 8/6/1; Brown, ‘The Receipt of Poor Relief’, 418. For more examples, see B. Hill, Women Alone, 101. 95 SRO, SC/AG 8/6/1. 40 Singlewomen and Widows ton’s governors. It seems that Southampton’s churchwardens were willing to pay dearly to encourage the second generation not to repeat the mistakes of the first.

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