Sibling economics
in Siblinghood and social relations in Georgian England
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Siblings were among the 'host of intermediaries' between couples, kin, and neighbours who negotiated marriage in early modern England. Sibling economics encompassed household management via physical care, financial transactions, and the more intangible exchange of social credit. From the cradle to the grave, siblings provided physical care, especially for children, the ill, and the dying. In addition to involving physical care, sibling economics were based on a world of reciprocal social and financial labour. Though Peter Laslett once described co-resident siblings as a 'no family' category of household, scholarship has recognized this connection between families and households and hinted at the importance of siblings within them. Georgian families valorized households as the markers of social and economic adulthood. Both married and unmarried siblings shared physical households throughout adulthood and old age.

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