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Alex Shepard, Childcare, family and economy in early modern Britain
16 November, 2017 @ 5:10 pm - 6:30 pm
We’re delighted to welcome Professor Alex Shepard (University of Glasgow) as a Visiting Speaker.
This lecture approaches childcare as a form of work as part of a mission to promote a gender inclusive account of economic development. Focussing on Britain during a period of dynamic economic and social change, this lecture explores the ‘body work’ and labour relations involved in childcare provision at a time of relatively high dependency ratios and high parental mortality. Contrary to common assumptions that mothers have traditionally been the core providers, the lecture will argue that childcare involved social and commercial networks and complex hierarchies which afford new perspectives on the history of gender inequality, the history of social inequality, and the history of the family.