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Borderline CitizensWomen, Gender and Political Culture in Britain, 1815-1867$
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Kathryn Gleadle

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780197264492

Published to British Academy Scholarship Online: January 2012

DOI: 10.5871/bacad/9780197264492.001.0001

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Women, the public sphere, and collective identities

Women, the public sphere, and collective identities

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(p.61) 2 Women, the public sphere, and collective identities
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Borderline Citizens
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Kathryn Gleadle

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British Academy
DOI:10.5871/bacad/9780197264492.003.0003

Despite his acknowledgement of women's contribution to constituency and electoral politics, James Vernon has suggested that by the 1830s women were marginalized from the public sphere and participated as observers rather than as agents in their own right. This chapter examines features of female citizenship through a different lens by focusing on their experience of the public sphere. It considers the public sphere of pressure-group campaigns, parliamentary elections, constituency celebrations, and royal visits. It argues that the gendered patterns of public conduct which typified gatherings of this nature had a significant impact upon women's experiences of politics and their own attitudes towards female citizenship. It also discusses ultra-Protestantism and two contrasting case studies, both drawn from the networks of liberal nonconformity: Lydia Becker and Priscilla McLaren.

Keywords:   Lydia Becker, Priscilla McLaren, women, nonconformity, public sphere, James Vernon, politics, female citizenship, royal visits

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