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Thicker than Water: Siblings and their Relations, 1780-1920

Leonore Davidoff


The theme of this book is the kinship relationships that were central to nineteenth‐century nascent capitalist society. The middle classes were at the forefront of this development, but as yet only a rudimentary reliable financial and legal infrastructure existed. It was their extensive kinship networks that provided the capital, personnel, skills, and contacts crucial for expanding commercial and professional enterprises. While this was characteristic of the Western middle strata ‐ Protestant and Catholic alike ‐ this study concentrates on Great Britain with some reference to other countries ... More

Keywords: kinship, capitalist societies, middle classes, childhood, large families, sibling incest, cousin marriage, gender, William Ewart Gladstone, Sigmund Freud

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780199546480
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2012 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199546480.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Leonore Davidoff, author
Research Professor, Department of Sociology, University of Essex