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A Critical Woman: Barbara Wootton, Social Science and Public Policy in the Twentieth Century
     

A Critical Woman: Barbara Wootton, Social Science and Public Policy in the Twentieth Century

by Ann Oakley
 

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Barbara Wootton was one of the extraordinary public figures of the twentieth century. She was an outstanding social scientist, an architect of the welfare state, an iconoclast who challenged conventional wisdom and the first woman to sit as Speaker in the House of Lords in Parliament.

Ann Oakley has written a fascinating and highly readable account of the life

Overview

Barbara Wootton was one of the extraordinary public figures of the twentieth century. She was an outstanding social scientist, an architect of the welfare state, an iconoclast who challenged conventional wisdom and the first woman to sit as Speaker in the House of Lords in Parliament.

Ann Oakley has written a fascinating and highly readable account of the life and work of this singular woman, but the book goes much further. It is an engaged account of the making of British social policy at a critical period seen through the lens of the life and work of a pivotal figure. Oakley tells a story about the intersections of the public and the private and about the way her subject's life unfolded within, was shaped by, and helped to shape a particular social and intellectual context.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781849664684
Publisher:
Bloomsbury Academic
Publication date:
08/15/2011
Pages:
320
Product dimensions:
6.50(w) x 9.20(h) x 1.50(d)

Meet the Author

Ann Oakley is a writer and a sociologist. She is Professor of Sociology and Social Policy at the Institute of Education, University of London. She also holds honorary appointments as a Professor in Social Sciences at the Institute of Child Health in London and as a Fellow at Somerville College in Oxford. She has published many books; her fiction includes The Men's Room (1988) and A Proper Holiday (1996) and her non-fiction includes The Sociology of Housework (1974), Becoming a Mother (1979) and Experiments in Knowing (2000).

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