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Gender and the Politics of Everyday Life

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/9780748639816.003.0009
Gender and the Politics of Everyday Life

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Scotland's inter-war working-class constituency has been identified with a powerful class awareness that was expressed in extreme militancy immediately before, during and in the years after the First World War. Such was the extent of the militancy that it has generated a debate over the country's radical and ‘revolutionary’ potential. However, in Scottish labour historiography that story has been and remains a masculine narrative. This chapter subverts that narrative by highlighting how working-class women's experiences of everyday life politicised them. Women's roles as moral guardians of home, family and community provided a basis for coalitions, especially where economic conditions threatened their identities as good household managers, but they also expressed a class awareness that was interlinked to their gender identities.

Keywords: working-class women; Scottish women; militancy; daily life; women's roles; gender identity

Chapter.  8482 words. 

Subjects: Regional and Area Studies

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