Title

British Family Structure: Conceptions of Family and Expressions of Power

Academic Level at Time of Presentation

Senior

Major

History/International Studies

List all Project Mentors & Advisor(s)

Dr. Kathy Callahan

Presentation Format

Oral Presentation

Abstract/Description

The goal of this research is to examine family structure in early modern Scotland and England through the use of written communication. The primary focus will be on aristocratic families with a secondary look at upper-middle class families. This is due primarily to the availability of records, and also why I will mainly be using written correspondence rather than secondary analyses, as this field is still relatively new. By exploring the development of key familial relationships (e.g. parent-child, husband-wife, and in-law interactions) through private correspondence, larger insights can be drawn about gender and the nuclear family. Also, these central relationships guide discussions about marriage, the role of children, and the dynamics of a family economy. The intersection between these select relationships and the larger societal roles will provide conclusions about the early modern aristocrat.

Start Date

16-11-2018 11:30 AM

Fall Scholars Week 2018 Event

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British Family Structure: Conceptions of Family and Expressions of Power

The goal of this research is to examine family structure in early modern Scotland and England through the use of written communication. The primary focus will be on aristocratic families with a secondary look at upper-middle class families. This is due primarily to the availability of records, and also why I will mainly be using written correspondence rather than secondary analyses, as this field is still relatively new. By exploring the development of key familial relationships (e.g. parent-child, husband-wife, and in-law interactions) through private correspondence, larger insights can be drawn about gender and the nuclear family. Also, these central relationships guide discussions about marriage, the role of children, and the dynamics of a family economy. The intersection between these select relationships and the larger societal roles will provide conclusions about the early modern aristocrat.