Working Lives: Gender, Migration and Employment in Britain, 1945-2007 by Linda McDowell, Paperback | Barnes & Noble
Working Lives: Gender, Migration and Employment in Britain, 1945-2007

Working Lives: Gender, Migration and Employment in Britain, 1945-2007

by Linda McDowell
     
 

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Full of unique and compelling insights into the working lives of migrant women in the UK, this book draws on more than two decades of in-depth research to explore the changing nature of women’s employment in post-war Britain.

  • A first-rate example of theoretically located empirical analysis of labour market change in contemporary Britain

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Full of unique and compelling insights into the working lives of migrant women in the UK, this book draws on more than two decades of in-depth research to explore the changing nature of women’s employment in post-war Britain.

  • A first-rate example of theoretically located empirical analysis of labour market change in contemporary Britain
  • Includes compelling case studies that combine historical documentation of social change with fascinating first-hand accounts of women’s working lives over decades
  • Integrates information gleaned from more than two decades of in-depth research
  • Revealing comparative analysis of the similarities and differences in the lives of immigrant working women in post-war Britain
  • Features real-life accounts of women’s under-reported experiences of migration

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
“A compelling and comprehensive analysis of how gender, ethnicity, and class intersect within the labor market. McDowell’s feminist theoretical lens allows her to investigate and problematize the ways that migrant women are often marginalized and normalized as docile and apolitical. Furthermore, her careful and detailed use of migrant women’s narratives brings great empirical depth to the book. Within studies of migration, labor, and gender, McDowell’s book is an important contribution to the literature on international migration. It offers a detailed historical examination of migrant women in the United Kingdom and is a rich example of how a critical feminist approach can allow us to investigate the marginalization of migrants and normalization of gender issues.” (The International Migration Review, Summer 2015)

“It remains that Working Lives is undoubtedly a remarkable achievement and will remain for the foreseeable future a key text for anyone interested in the history of migrant women and migrants more generally in post-war Britain.” (Oral History, 1 May 2015)

“In what is a very refreshing contrast to many of the more recent accounts of immaterial labor, which tend to focus on the highly skilled and well-paid sectors of the labor market and, to a great extent, on an undifferentiated image of the postindustrial worker, McDowell foregrounds the actual laboring bodies of migrant women, marked as they are by gender, skin color, nationality, class, ethnicity, and other signs of difference.” (Economic Geography, 1 January 2015)

“Recommended. Upper-division undergraduates and above.” (Choice, 1 February 2014)

Review appeared in Times Higher Education - 10 October 2013

“McDowell provides intriguing, important insights into the female immigrant experience, drawing selectively on interviews with sections of this complex shifting population. It is too diverse an experience to survey comprehensively in a short book, but it whets my appetite for a fuller version that draws on all of the interviews she conducted.” (Times Higher Education, 10 October 2013)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781444339185
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
08/26/2013
Series:
RGS-IBG Book Series
Pages:
294
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.60(d)

What People are saying about this

From the Publisher
‘An insightful and well-researched study of post second world war women’s migration into Britain, exploring the interplay between their changing self-understanding, patterns of work and gender identity. The unusual and original angle of analysis yields many a novel conclusion and makes the book indispensable.’—Bhikhu Parekh, University of Westminster and House of Lords

'In this rich book, Linda McDowell writes an important history of the changing nature of work in Britain over the last 60 years through the experience and eyes of immigrant women. There are not many books that bring together the trials, hopes and achievements of various generations of working women from East Europe, the Caribbean and East Africa, and fewer still that rethink British labour market history on the basis of the evidence gathered. A very fine piece of scholarship.'—Professor Ash Amin, University of Cambridge

Meet the Author

Linda McDowell is Professor of Human Geography at the University of Oxford. She is a Fellow of St John’s College, where she is the Director of the Research Centre, and a Fellow of the British Academy. Widely published and well-known as a feminist ethnographer of labour and employment, her books include Capital Culture: Gender at Work in the City (Blackwell, 1997), Gender, Identity and Place (1999), Redundant Masculinities? Employment Change and White Working-Class Youth (Blackwell, 2003), Hard Labour (2005) and Working Bodies: Interactive Service Employment and Workplace Identities (Wiley-Blackwell, 2009).

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