What was the impact of industrialisation and urbanisation on the family life in Britain in the 19th century? Explain.
What was the impact of industrialisation and urbanisation on the family life in Britain in the 19th century? Explain
IT transformed the family in terms of function and shape. The family as an institution had broken down as the ties between members of household loosened, and among the working class the institution of marriage tended to break down. Women of the upper and middle classes in Britain faced increasingly higher levels of isolation although their lives were made easier by domestic maids who cooked, cleaned and cared for children on low wages. The new city life encouraged the spirit of individualism and freedom from collective values among both men and women. But men and women did not have equal access to the new urban space. Women lost their industrial jobs and were forced to withdraw into their homes. The public space became increasingly a male preserve and the domestic sphere was seen as the proper place for women.