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The perpetual fair : gender, disorder, and urban amusement in eighteenth-century London

Author: Anne Wohlcke
Publisher: Manchester ; New York : Manchester University Press, 2016. ©2014
Series: Gender in history.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Each summer, a 'perpetual fair' plagued eighteenth-century London, a city in transition overrun by a burgeoning population. City officials attempted to control disorderly urban amusement according to their own gendered understandings of order and morality. Frequently derided as locations of dangerous femininity disrupting masculine commerce, fairs withstood regulation attempts. Fairs were important in the lives of  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Anne Wohlcke
ISBN: 9781784992873 1784992879 0719090911 9780719090912
OCLC Number: 869904723
Description: x, 246 pages : illustrations, maps ; 23 cm.
Contents: Introduction: Making a mannered metroplis and taming the 'perpetual fair' --
'London's Mart': The crowds and culture of eighteenth-century London fairs --
'Heroick Informers' and London spies: Religion, politeness, and reforming impulses in late seventeenth-and early eighteenth -century London --
Regulation and resistance: Wayward apprentices and other 'evil disposed persons' at London's fairs --
'Dirty Molly' and 'The Greasier Kate': The feminine threat to urban order --
Locating the fair sex at work --
Clocks, monsters, and drolls: Gender, race, nation, and the amusements of London fairs.
Series Title: Gender in history.
Other Titles: Gender, disorder, and urban amusement in eighteenth-century London
Responsibility: Anne Wohlcke.

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This study places official discourse regarding urban amusement into the context of broader cultural understandings -- .  Read more...

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'Wohlcke's book provides not only a new history of London's fairs but also makes a valuable contribution to the historiography of women's work and the debates on gender and the city. It is a book Read more...

 
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