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Gender and Political Identities in Scotland, 1919-1939

Annmarie Hughes

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print May 2010 | ISBN: 9780748639816
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748653522 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3366/edinburgh/9780748639816.001.0001
Gender and Political Identities in Scotland, 1919-1939

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This book offers a unique contribution to gender and Scottish history breaking new ground on several fronts: there is no history of inter-war women in Scotland, very little labour or popular political history, and virtually nothing published on women, the home, and family. This book is a history of women in the period that integrates class and gender history as well as linking the public and private spheres. Using a gendered approach to history it transforms and shifts our knowledge of the Scottish past, unearthing the previously unexplored role that women played in inter-war socialist politics, the General Strike, and popular political protest. It re-evaluates these areas and demonstrates the ways in which gender shaped the experience of class and class struggle. Importantly, the book also explores the links between the public and private spheres and addresses the concept of masculinity as well as femininity and pays particular reference to domestic violence. The books illuminates the complex interconnections of culture and economic and social structure. Although the research is based on Scottish evidence, the book also uses material to address key debates in gender history and labour history that have wider relevance and will appeal to gender historians, labour historians, and social and cultural historians as well as social scientists.

Keywords: gender; political identities; Scotland; women; socialist politics; General Strike; class; domestic violence; inter-war; femininity

Book.  248 pages. 

Subjects: Regional and Area Studies

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Introduction in Gender and Political Identities in Scotland, 1919-1939

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Usurpers of Men? Gender, Work and Political Identities in Gender and Political Identities in Scotland, 1919-1939

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Socialist Women, the ILP and the ‘Politics of the Kitchen’ in Gender and Political Identities in Scotland, 1919-1939

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Class Fragmentation: Respectability, Religion and Residence in Gender and Political Identities in Scotland, 1919-1939

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‘A Docile Workforce’? Women, Work and Political Identity in Gender and Political Identities in Scotland, 1919-1939

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Socialist Women, Feminists and Feminism in Gender and Political Identities in Scotland, 1919-1939

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The Politics of Marriages of Conflict in Gender and Political Identities in Scotland, 1919-1939

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Marriage, Mothering and Political Identity in Gender and Political Identities in Scotland, 1919-1939

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Gender and the Politics of Everyday Life in Gender and Political Identities in Scotland, 1919-1939

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Conclusion in Gender and Political Identities in Scotland, 1919-1939

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