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Crowds, Culture, and Politics in Georgian Britain$
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Nicholas Rogers

Print publication date: 1998

Print ISBN-13: 9780198201724

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198201724.001.0001

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Crowds, Gender, and Public Space in Georgian Politics

Crowds, Gender, and Public Space in Georgian Politics

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(p.215) 7 Crowds, Gender, and Public Space in Georgian Politics
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Crowds, Culture, and Politics in Georgian Britain
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Nicholas Rogers

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198201724.003.0008

This chapter examines the role of women in 18th-century politics. It argues that women's participation stemmed fundamentally from their position at the centre of neighbourhood life, as informal commentators upon community relations, and as workers and consumers in street stalls and markets. It further suggests that women's role in popular politics was at times singularly advantageous to their neighbourhoods, despite, or because of, their presumed political incapacity; and that their knowledge was critical in influencing the pattern of community politics.

Keywords:   women, female activism, political participation, political activity, community politics

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