Father and Daughter: Patriarchy, Gender, and Social Science

Father and Daughter: Patriarchy, Gender, and Social Science

by Ann Oakley


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Policy analyst Richard Titmuss became famous as one of the most staunch and outspoken defenders of the welfare state and its underlying values, and in this book his daughter, Ann Oakley, offers us an inside view of his life and work. Oakley, a prominent sociologist herself, mixes biography and autobiography, telling the story of her father’s life in light of her own experience and drawing on a mix of sources—including personal interviews and archival research—to set their family history in the larger context of social, economic, and political change in the twentieth century.

Carrying the intellectual force of an innovative thinker, yet written in clear, compelling language, Father and Daughter is a family story that is at the same time a reflection on gender, patriarchy, and the politics of memory and identity.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781447318101
Publisher: Bristol University Press
Publication date: 12/15/2014
Pages: 256
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Ann Oakley is professor of sociology and social policy at the Institute of Education at the University of London and the author of many books, including poetry, fiction, biography, and autobiography.

Table of Contents

Daughter of a Blue Plaque Man
Falling into the Bog of History
Memory and Identity
Family and Kinship in London and Other Places
Mrs Titmuss’s Diaries
Love and Solitude
The Story of the Titmice: an alternative version
Meeting Win
Harem in Houghton Street
Difficult Women
The Troubles
Dusting his Bookshelves
Vera's Rose
This Procession of Educated Men
Telling stories

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