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Modern motherhood : women and family in England, c. 1945-2000 /
Angela Davis.
imprint
Manchester ; New York : Manchester University Press ; New York : distributed in the USA exclusively by Palgrave Macmillan, 2012.
description
vii, 242 p. ; 22 cm.
ISBN
0719084555, 9780719084553
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series title
imprint
Manchester ; New York : Manchester University Press ; New York : distributed in the USA exclusively by Palgrave Macmillan, 2012.
isbn
0719084555
9780719084553
catalogue key
8291686
 
Includes bibliographical references and index.
A Look Inside
About the Author
Author Affiliation
Angela Davis is a British Academy Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of History at the University of Warwick
Reviews
Review Quotes
Winner of the Women's History Network Book Prize, 2013
'Lifts the lid on the last great parenting taboo.'Tracy McVeigh, The Guardian, 17/03/2012
'This book is published as part of Manchester University Press valuable Gender in History series that provides a vital publishing space for significant monographs.'Family & Community History, Vol. 16/1, April 2013
Lifts the lid on the last great parenting taboo
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The Times (London), November 2012
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Summaries
Main Description
This book examines women's experiences of motherhood in England in the years between 1945 and 2000. Based on a new body of 160 oral history interviews, the book offers the first comprehensive historical study of the experience of motherhood in the second half of the twentieth century. Motherhood is an area where a number of discourses and practices meet. The book therefore forms a thematic study looking at aspects of mothers' lives such as education, health care, psychology, labour market trends and state intervention. Looking through the prism of motherhood provides a way of understanding the complex social changes that have taken place in the post-war world. This book will be essential reading for students and researchers in the field of twentieth-century British social history. However it will also be of interest to scholars in related fields and a general readership with an interest in British social history, and the history of family and community in modern Britain.
Main Description
This book examines women's experiences of motherhood in England in the years between 1945 and 2000. Based on a new body of 160 oral history interviews, the book offers the first comprehensive historical study of the experience of motherhood in the second half of the twentieth century. Motherhood is an area where a number of discourses and practices meet. The book therefore forms a thematic study looking at aspects of mothers' lives such as education, health care, psychology, labor market trends, and state intervention. Looking through the prism of motherhood provides a way of understanding the complex social changes that have taken place in the post-war world. This book will be essential reading for students and researchers in the field of twentieth-century British social history. However, it will also be of interest to scholars in related fields and to a general readership with an interest in British social history, and the history of family and community in modern Britain.
Long Description
Based on a new body of 160 oral history interviews, this fascinating volume offers the first comprehensive historical study of the experience of motherhood in the second half of the twentieth century. In her thematic study of an area where a number of discourses and practices meet, Davis sheds new light on aspects of mothers' lives such as education, health care, psychology, labour market trends and state intervention. Looking through the prism of motherhood to provide a way of understanding the complex social changes that have taken place in the post-war world, Davis considers how women's experiences of motherhood reflect and reveal changes within women's lives, gender relations, culture and society, family and community patterns, health and welfare, and the relationship between the family and the state. Drawing on the themes of continuity and change the book examines the legacies of these developments and asks what they indicate about both the past and future of motherhood in England. This book will be essential reading for students and researchers in the field of twentieth-century British social history, sociology, psychology, and gender studies as well as anyone interested in the history of family and community in Britain.
Table of Contents
Acknowledgementsp. vii
List of Abbreviationsp. viii
Introductionp. 1
Family and community: surveying women and the familyp. 15
Educating mothers: family, school and antenatal educationp. 56
Pregnancy and childbirth: antenatal care, birth and postnatal carep. 84
Experts and childcare 'bibles': mothers and advice literaturep. 112
Working and caring: women's labour inside and outside the homep. 142
Breadwinners and homemakers: ideals of men and women in the familyp. 177
Conclusionsp. 207
Appendices
Typical interview schedulep. 213
Oxfordshire interviewees' biographical detailsp. 216
Select Bibliography of Published Secondary Sourcesp. 228
Indexp. 235
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