Imagining Home

Imagining Home

by Wendy Webster
     
 

Imagining Home offers a unique examination of ideas and images of home in Britain during a period of national decline and loss of imperial power. In exploring the relationship between gender, 'race' and national identity, it higlights the continuing importance of empire in imaginings of the nation during a period of decolonization. Analyzing the significance

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Imagining Home offers a unique examination of ideas and images of home in Britain during a period of national decline and loss of imperial power. In exploring the relationship between gender, 'race' and national identity, it higlights the continuing importance of empire in imaginings of the nation during a period of decolonization. Analyzing the significance of colonialism and racism in shaping ideas of motherhood, employment and domestictiy, it traces the process by which Englishness was increasingly associated with domestic order, and the home and family constructed as white.
Drawing extensively on oral history and life-writing, Imagining Home examines the multiple meanings of home to women in narratives of beloning and unbelonging. Its focus on the complex interrelationships of white and black women's lives and identities offers a new perspective on this period.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781857283501
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
02/17/1998
Series:
Women's and Gender History Series
Pages:
268
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.75(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgementsvii
Introductionix
1Homecomings1
2Unbelongings25
3Home and colonialism45
4This new England67
5Good homes91
6Home and work129
7Domestic identities149
Epilogue183
Notes187
Bibliography217
Index235

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