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Elite Women in English Political Life c.1754-1790$
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Elaine Chalus

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780199280100

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2007

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199280100.001.0001

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Maintaining the Family Interest

Maintaining the Family Interest

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Elite Women in English Political Life c.1754-1790

Elaine Chalus (Contributor Webpage)

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This chapter discusses women's contributions to family interests by exploring the nature of familial politics and the kinds of socio-political activities that women could engage in. It argues that women need to be seen as fully functioning members of successful political family units. They were frequently involved in election-specific socializing (some, like visiting with voters' wives, sex-specific), in formal as well as informal canvassing, in making (or granting) politicized patronage requests, and in administering and managing people and political interests. Personal and family concerns outweighed ideological considerations for most, but not all, women.

Keywords:   familial politics, political family, socializing, canvassing Public Days, political patronage

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