Chapter

Introduction

Annmarie Hughes

in Gender and Political Identities in Scotland, 1919-1939

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/9780748639816.003.0001
Introduction

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This introductory chapter sets out the purpose of the book, which is to evaluate the hypothesis that the separate spheres ideal reached its apogee between the wars in Britain, and the factors that may have influenced inter-war women to embrace the traditional worldview on womanhood that continued to position them in the private sphere as dependants of men. The investigation considers the extent to which women did subjectify this vision of womanhood and how far this guaranteed their subordination. The chapter also discusses the situation of women's during the inter-war years, masculine insecurity, the emergence of popular feminism, the subversion of the traditional gender discourse, and the role of gender in shaping women's identities in Scotland.

Keywords: women; womanhood; feminism; inter-war years

Chapter.  5508 words. 

Subjects: Regional and Area Studies

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