By Angela Davis
Winner of the Women's historical past community publication Prize, 2013
This publication examines women's reviews of motherhood in England within the years among 1945 and 2000. in response to a brand new physique of a hundred and sixty oral heritage interviews, the booklet bargains the 1st accomplished historic examine of the adventure of motherhood within the moment half the 20 th century.
Motherhood is a space the place a few discourses and practices meet. The e-book for that reason varieties a thematic examine facets of moms' lives akin to schooling, future health care, psychology, exertions industry traits, and kingdom intervention. searching through the prism of motherhood presents a fashion of realizing the advanced social adjustments that experience taken position within the post-war global.
This booklet can be crucial examining for college students and researchers within the box of twentieth-century British social background. in spite of the fact that, it's going to even be of curiosity to students in similar fields and to a normal readership with an curiosity in British social heritage, and the historical past of kin and group in glossy Britain.
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The feeling of community amongst women on estates was intensified by the fact that the estates tended to bring together people in like circumstances and at the same stage in the life cycle. Grace lived in a small, private estate in north Oxford when she had her first baby in the mid-1960s. She recalled her neighbour as being a hugely significant figure in her life and in doing so revealed the difficult time she faced after the birth of her first child: I had a very nice neighbour … she said, ‘Why don’t we have a tot lot?
In contrast when the family moved to Banbury: ‘we moved into a new house in a group of eight and everybody was very friendly, so for a start it was so much more friendly, this idea that London’s all that pally is not true. ’100 It is important to note, though, that while in the minority some women did not recall living on new estates as a positive experience. indd 33 05/12/2011 09:32 modern motherhood example, discussing living on an estate in Witney during the late 1970s when her daughter was little, Amy said: I was very lonely there and I didn’t really fit in.
Yeah people I was living near. And I think people were very sociable. 84 While neighbours obviously proved a notable support network for women in traditional neighbourhoods, Young and Willmott had stressed that in Bethnal Greeners’ conception of community neighbours were acquaintances rather than friends. They stated: ‘Most people meet their acquaintances in the street, at the market, at the pub or at work. ’85 There was some evidence of this distinction in the Oxfordshire women’s narratives.