Young Women, Work, And Family In England 1918-1950 by Selina Todd

Young Women, Work, And Family In England 1918-1950

bySelina Todd

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This fascinating account of young women's lives challenges existing assumptions about working class life and womanhood in England between the end of the First World War and the beginning of the 1950s. While contemporaries commonly portrayed young women as pleasure-loving leisure consumers,this book argues that the world of work was in fact central to their life experiences. Social and economic history are woven together to examine the working, family, and social lives of the maids, factory workers, shop assistants, and clerks who made up the majority of England's young women. SelinaTodd traces the complex interaction between class, gender, and locale that shaped young women's roles at work and home, indicating that paid work structured people's lives more profoundly than many social histories suggest. Rich autobiographical accounts show that, while poverty continued toconstrain life choices, young women also made their own history. Far from being apathetic workers or pliant consumers, they forged new patterns of occupational and social mobility, were important breadwinners in working class homes, developed a distinct youth culture, and acted as workplacemilitants. In doing so they helped to shape twentieth-century society.

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Selina Todd is Lecturer in History at the University of Warwick. She was previously Ottilie Hancock History Fellow at Girton College, Cambridge, and had held an ESRC Postdoctoral Fellowship at the Centre for Contemporary British History, Institute of Historical Research. In 2003 she was awarded the Twentieth Century British History A...
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Title:Young Women, Work, And Family In England 1918-1950Format:HardcoverDimensions:288 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.87 inPublished:October 15, 2005Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199282757

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Table of Contents

Introduction1. Young Women and Work2. Earning a Living: Daughters and the Family Economy3. Entering Employment4. Mobility, Migration, and Aspiration5. Work Culture6. 'Frivolous' Workers? Trade Unionism and Militancy7. Beyond the Workplace: Leisure and CourtshipConclusionAppendixBibliography

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`...engaging and provocative study...Todd's richly documented monograph will promote further debate in the fields of both youth history and gender history and the author is to be warmly commended for this fascinating survey.'David Fowler, EHR 494