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

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

  • A first-rate example of theoretically located empiricalanalysis of labour market change in contemporary Britain
  • Includes compelling case studies that combine historicaldocumentation of social change with fascinating first-hand accountsof women’s working lives over decades
  • Integrates information gleaned from more than two decades ofin-depth research
  • Revealing comparative analysis of the similarities anddifferences in the lives of immigrant working women in post-warBritain
  • Features real-life accounts of women’s under-reportedexperiences of migration

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)

About the Author

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

Table of Contents

List of Figures and Tables viii

Series Editors’ Preface x

Preface: Leaving Home and Looking for Work xi

Part One Migration and Mobilities 1

1 Leaving Home: Migration and Working Lives 3

2 Gendering Labour Geographies and Histories 19

3 The Transformation of Britain 51

Part Two Out to Work: Embodied Genealogies 69

4 Post-war Reconstruction, 1945–1951 71

5 Coming Home: The Heart of Empire, 1948–1968 95

6 Years of Struggle, 1968–1979 128

7 Privilege and Inequality, 1979–1997 157

8 Back to the Future: Diversity and Precarious Labour,1997–2007 184

9 Full Circle, 1945–2007 213

References 232

Appendix: Post-war Legislation 253

Index 263

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From the Publisher

‘An insightful and well-researched study of post secondworld war women’s migration into Britain, exploring theinterplay between their changing self-understanding, patterns ofwork and gender identity. The unusual and original angle ofanalysis yields many a novel conclusion and makes the bookindispensable.’—Bhikhu Parekh, University ofWestminster and House of Lords

'In this rich book, Linda McDowell writes an important historyof the changing nature of work in Britain over the last 60 yearsthrough the experience and eyes of immigrant women. There arenot many books that bring together the trials, hopes andachievements of various generations of working women from EastEurope, the Caribbean and East Africa, and fewer still that rethinkBritish labour market history on the basis of the evidencegathered. A very fine piece of scholarship.'—ProfessorAsh Amin, University of Cambridge

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