Modern Motherhood: Women and Family in England, 1945-2000

Modern Motherhood: Women and Family in England, 1945-2000

by Angela Davis
     
 

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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

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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.

'A fascinating survey of women's experience of motherhood', 'eminently readable', 'a solid and thoughtful study', 'an outstanding piece of oral history', and 'ambitiously wide ranging'.
The judging panel for the Women's History Network Book Prize, 2013.

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From the Publisher
"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 Winner of the Women's History Network Book Prize, 2013

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780719095467
Publisher:
Manchester University Press
Publication date:
05/01/2014
Series:
Gender in History Series
Pages:
260
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 1.44(d)

Meet the Author

Angela Davis is a British Academy Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of History at the University of Warwick

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