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Middle-class women in civic life in Scotland, c.1870–1914
Author: Megan Smitley

Middle-class women made use the informal power structures of Victorian and Edwardian associationalism in order to participate actively as citizens. This investigation of women's role in civic life provides a fresh approach to the ‘public sphere’, illuminates women as agents of a middle-class identity and develops the notion of a ‘feminine public sphere’, or the web of associations, institutions and discourses used by disenfranchised middle-class women to express their citizenship. The extent of middle-class women's contribution to civic life is examined through their involvement in reforming and philanthropic associations as well as local government. Feminist historians have developed increasingly nuanced understandings of the relationship between ‘separate spheres’ and women's public lives, yet many analyses of middle-class civic identity in nineteenth-century Britain have conformed to over-rigid interpretations of separate spheres to largely exclude an exploration of the role of women. By examining under-used Scottish material, new light is shed on these issues by highlighting the active contribution of women to in this process. Employing a case study of women's temperance, Liberal and suffrage organisations, this analysis considers the relationship between separate spheres ideology and women's public lives; the contribution to suffrage of organisations not normally associated with the Victorian and Edwardian women's movement; and the importance of regional and international perspectives for British history.

Megan Smitley

2 The feminine public sphere The feminine public sphere represents the discourses and activities that middle-class female activists used to pursue their socio-political reforming goals. Between 1870 and 1914, suffragists, female temperance reformers and Liberal women in central, urban Scotland entered public discourse to legitimise middle-class women’s work in the public sphere. The SWTN, WSJ and the SLWM indicate the type of arguments middleclass women employed to justify their public roles. Separate spheres was a central discursive notion in the 1870 to 1914

in The feminine public sphere
Michael McKeon

McKeon: Marvell discovers the public sphere 3 Marvell discovers the public sphere Michael McKeon At the Rainbow Coffee-house the other day, taking my place at due distance, not far from me, at another Table sat a whole Cabal of wits; made up of Virtuoso’s, Ingenioso’s, young Students of the Law, two Citizens, and to make the Jury full, vous avez, one old Gentleman … [T]hey all laughing heartily and gaping, … I was tickled to know the cause of all this mirth, and presently found, it was a Book made all this sport; the Title of it, The Rehearsal transpros’d. E

in Texts and readers in the Age of Marvell
Sheryl Conkelton

development of international communication systems that provided a technological base for large mediated public spheres: print, and later other media that extended print's reach, defined common space and a sense of a shared realpolitik, particularly for national contexts. Arguably a key defining element of the modern era, media-based public space became a dislocated and disembodied

in Perspectives on contemporary printmaking
Megan Smitley

3 Temperance reform and the feminine public sphere The reform programme of the BWTASCU reflected contemporary middle-class reforming goals, yet the particular contributions of the BWTASCU towards meeting these goals sought to feminise middleclass civic and public life. Through an exploration of key elements of female temperance reform such as, leisure reform, inebriate homes and the professionalisation of female associationalism this chapter seeks to provide a fresh perspective on middle-class women’s contribution to a middle-class identity based on

in The feminine public sphere
Paddy Hoey

1 Northern Ireland, the public sphere and activist media The appearance of a political journal and its survival was equivalent to involvement in the struggle over the range of freedom to be granted to public opinion and over publicity as a principle.1 In May 2013 a tweet sent by the author of this book contributed to a minor controversy involving Sinn Féin and the BBC. A picture taken at a recording of the BBC’s flagship debate programme, Question Time, that week being hosted in Belfast, showed a floor plan for the panel of guests that appeared to link Sinn

in Shinners, Dissos and Dissenters
Art venues by entrepreneurs, associations and institutions, 1800–1850
J. Pedro Lorente

2 Art in the urban public sphere: art venues by entrepreneurs, associations and institutions, 1800–1850 j. pedro lorente A rt historians usually refer to the Enlightenment as a turning point in the public consumption of art, because many royal or aristocratic galleries were made accessible to the public. But the opening of collections in stately palaces was a concession emanating from the top and often revoked unpredictably. Even after the French Revolution, many museums seemed shaped by the patronising values of enlightened despotism: everything for the

in Leisure cultures in urban Europe, c.1700–1870
S.J. Barnett

The ‘public sphere’ and the hidden life of ideas 6 The ‘public sphere’ and the hidden life of ideas The hidden life of ideas The Enlightenment has been seen as the intellectual honey pot from which the origins of the modern world were to be sought. As Dorinda Outram has noted in her The Enlightenment (1995), philosophers and political commentators have interpreted the Enlightenment in ‘the hope of defining the meaning and future of the modern world. The Enlightenment is probably unique … in its attracting such interest and in the extent to which such

in The Enlightenment and religion
John M. MacKenzie

4 Institutions of the bourgeois public sphere and new technologies The principal social characteristic of the British Empire in the nineteenth century was the emergence and phenomenal growth of the bourgeoisie. From the point of view of whites in both the territories of settlement and in the dependent colonies, empire became essentially a middle-class phenomenon, brought into being by the growth of the capitalist world economy. If some, but by no means all, governors were aristocrats, as were some at least of the senior military officers (particularly before the

in The British Empire through buildings
A feminist media house reports from the hinterland
Disha Mullick

harassment in the workplace, to place their long-held trauma on record, were part of a public sphere where seeing women at work outside the home was not out of the ordinary any more. In metropolitan cities of the 2010s, English newsrooms, especially in terms of anchors and reporters, had an increasingly more balanced gender ratio (Byerly, 2011 ; Thomas, 2018 ). This was not the case further from the metro cities. In rural areas, and in rural north India specifically, women are visible as agricultural labour (especially poorer, more

in Intimacy and injury