Dr Joanne Bailey awarded a Leverhulme Research Fellowship

Dr Joanne Bailey, Senior Lecturer in History, has been awarded a Leverhulme Research Fellowship to the value of £34,474.00 over two years to fund research on parenting in England c. 1760-1830. One over-arching question stands at the heart of her project, which will be published as articles and a monograph: what did the two generations of men and women born and reaching adulthood between 1760 and 1830 feel and think about being parents? In addressing this question several inter-connecting themes are uncovered: the history of parenting as an idea, the emotional and material worlds of motherhood and fatherhood, the construction of the self as a parent and through being parented, and the parent-child relationship as a conduit for the transfer of social and cultural values. The study’s investigative strategies stem from a specific set of new historical questions which are broadly directed by the themes of gender, identity and generation.

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