© 1995

Women, Identity and Private Life in Britain, 1900–50


Part of the Women’s Studies at York/Macmillan Series book series (WSYS)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-viii
  2. Judy Giles
    Pages 1-30
  3. Judy Giles
    Pages 31-63
  4. Judy Giles
    Pages 64-95
  5. Judy Giles
    Pages 165-173
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 174-189

About this book


Women, Identity and Private Life in Britain, 1900-50, explores the meanings and experience of home and private life for women who grew up in England before 1950. It considers the extent to which class, suburbanisation and historical moment as well as gender constructed women's understanding of domesticity, and discusses the part played by conceptions of home and private life in the shaping of identities. Oral narratives, fiction, autobiography and diaries are used in conjunction with psychoanalytic, linguistic and historical explanations of women's lives to map a psychological as well as a social history of women's relationship to the home in the early part of this century.


England gender identity Nation service social history women

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.University College of Ripon and York St JohnUK

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