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Cruelty and Companionship


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Section One: Working-Class Marriage 1. The Targets of 'Rough Music': Respectability and Domestic Violence 2. 'Rough Usage' Section Two: Middle-Class Marriage 3. Companionate Marriage and the Challenge to Patriarchy 4. Cruelty and Divorce 5. The Adaptation of Patriarchy in Late-Victorian Marriage Conclusion


..."brings a rich and important study to a wider audience. ...helps to set the agenda for further studies of this important topic."
-"Social History
..."(an) earnest and energetic study...."
"This original, imaginative and important book brings together concerns about gender, the family and wider currents in British social, cultural and even political experience in the second half of the the nineteenth century."
-Leonore Davidoff, University of Essex
"An admirable project, with many features that immediately put it in a different class . . . fascinatingly subtle."
-"London Review of Books
"A stimulating, critical and cogent contribution to an important debate."

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