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  • 21 tables
  • Page extent: 340 pages
  • Size: 228 x 152 mm
  • Weight: 0.67 kg

Library of Congress

  • Dewey number: 305.26/0944
  • Dewey version: 21
  • LC Classification: HQ1064.G7 O88 2004
  • LC Subject headings:
    • Older people--England--Social conditions--18th century
    • Old age--England--History--18th century
    • Aging--England--History--18th century

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 (ISBN-13: 9780521815802 | ISBN-10: 0521815800)

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Susannah Ottaway combines a comprehensive survey of existing literature on the history of ageing with original interpretation and analysis of available data. Using a wide variety of sources (literature, correspondence, poor house and workhouse documents and diaries), Ottaway's account of the experiences of the aged reveals attitudes in eighteenth-century England that shed light on contemporary aging issues by historical comparison.

Contents

List of figures; List of tables; Acknowledgements; List of abbreviations; Introduction: old age in eighteenth-century England: no 'golden age of ageing'; 1. Who was 'old' in eighteenth-century England?; 2. The activities of the 'helmsman': self-reliance, work and community expectations of the elderly; 3. 'The comforts of a private fire-side'; 4. Independent but not alone: family ties for the elderly; 5. Community assistance to the aged under the Old Poor Law; 6. Continuity and change in community assistance to the elderly over the eighteenth century; 7. Within workhouse walls: indoor relief for the elderly; Conclusion: old age as a useful category of historical analysis; Bibliography; Index.

Reviews

"Ottaway's book, however, does serve as a model for how to write a gendered social history... historians of demography, family, society, gender, and, of course, the eighteenth century, will find much in Ottaway's book to interest and instruct them."
-H-Net

"Her book is an important contribution to our understanding of the development of societal attitudes towards the poor and elderly in the Anglo-American world. Its careful use of quantitative and qualitative research techniques is a model of innovative social history."
-John M. Herrick, Michigan State University, Journal of Sociology and Social Welfare

"The Decline of Life: Old Age in Eighteenth-Century England is an ambitious and much needed examination of a pivotal century in the history of old age[...]Susannah Ottaway imaginatively employs a varied collection of evidence to address an array of issues...in her admirably successful effort to characterize the construction of aging in this transitional era[....]Her incisive, lucid and multifaceted analysis is an admirable model for putting that call into action and, as such, makes a lasting and important contribution to the field."
-Anne Kugler, Journal of Modern History

"This rich and informative book will be a standard reference and a starting point for future work on aging in the eighteenth century. It is well written and very nicely produced, including a full Bibliography."
-Anita Guerrini, University of California, Santa Barbara, The Scriblerian

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