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Gender and Political Identities in Scotland, 1919-1939

Annmarie Hughes

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This work 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 which 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 which 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 strength of the book is the ways in which it illuminates the complex interconnections of culture and economic and social structure. Although the research is based on Scottish evidence, it also uses material to address key debates in gender history and labour history which have wider relevance and will appeal to gender historians, labour historians and social and cultural historians as well as social scientists.

Contents

Introduction
1. Usurpers of men? Gender, work and political identities
2. Socialist women, the ILP and the politics of the kitchen
3. Class fragmentation, respectability, religion and residence
4. ‘A docile workforce?’ Women work and political identity
5. Socialist women, feminists and feminism
6. The politics of marriages of conflict
7. Marriage, mothering and political identity
8. Gender and the politics of everyday life
Conclusion
Bibliography.

About the Author

Annmarie Hughes is a lecturer in the Department of Economic and Social History, University of Glasgow. Her research interests are Scottish gender history between the wars. She has published articles on socialist women and the labour movement, domestic violence and Scottish masculinity and on feminism and socialist politics.

Reviews

This is a much needed publication, drawing our attention to a number of themes which have been underexplored in the history of the inter-war period. It is not only a useful book for those who consider the history of Scotland, but
also for those looking at British history in this period.
- Sarah Browne, Independent Researcher, Northern Scotland, Vol 5, No 1
[Hughes has] produced a fresh and significant contribution.
- James J. Smyth, University of Stirling, Journal of British Studies Vol 51, No. 2
"This meticulously researched and highly original monograph, which connects political activity and feminism to everyday working class life, should prove to be a landmark publication that will stimulate further research into the relatively unexplored area of gender in twentieth-century Scotland."
- David Stewart, University of Central Lancashire, Scottish Historical Review

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