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Masculinities on Clydeside

Men in Reserved Occupations During the Second World War

Alison Chand

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Explores the lived experiences of civilian men on Clydeside during the Second World War

Masculinities on Clydeside explores the experiences of civilian men on Clydeside during the war, using oral history interviews as a means to explore subjectivity and arguing for continuous personal agency through major historical changes. While men in reserved occupations are understood as extensively influenced by ‘imagined’ discourses, often resulting in feelings of guilt and emasculation, their subjectivities were nonetheless ultimately rooted in their ‘lived’ and immediate local vicinities, and the people and places of their everyday lives. This ultimate relevance of lived existence and the everyday also meant that while wartime relations between men and women were clearly shaped by a range of gender discourses and continually renegotiated, gender boundaries were never fixed or truly separate.

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1, The Schedule of Reserved Occupations, Oral History and Other Methodologies
2, Conflicting Masculinities?: Men in Reserved Occupations in Wartime Glasgow and Clydeside and their Masculine Subjectivities
3, Belonging to Glasgow and Clydeside: Retrieving Regional Subjectivities in Wartime
4, The Wider Subjectivities of Men in Reserved Occupations in Wartime Glasgow and Clydeside
5, Renegotiated Social Relationships: Women in Reserved Occupations in Glasgow and Clydeside
6, Conclusion

About the Author

Alison Chand is a freelance historian and tutor at the University of Strathclyde. Her specialist areas include the Second World War in Britain and oral history – she engages in freelance oral history interviewing, transcribing and summarising and also works as a trainer at the Scottish Oral History Centre at the University of Strathclyde.