By Angela Davis
Winner of the Women's heritage community e-book Prize, 2013
This ebook examines women's reviews of motherhood in England within the years among 1945 and 2000. in accordance with a brand new physique of a hundred and sixty oral historical past interviews, the publication deals the 1st complete ancient learn of the event of motherhood within the moment 1/2 the 20 th century.
Motherhood is a space the place a couple of discourses and practices meet. The booklet as a result types a thematic research taking a look at facets of moms' lives comparable to schooling, overall healthiness care, psychology, exertions industry developments, and kingdom intervention. searching through the prism of motherhood offers a manner of figuring out the advanced social alterations that experience taken position within the post-war global.
This publication could be crucial examining for college kids and researchers within the box of twentieth-century British social background. in spite of the fact that, it's going to even be of curiosity to students in comparable fields and to a normal readership with an curiosity in British social historical past, and the heritage of family members and neighborhood in glossy Britain.
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By 1950 the Mothers’ Union had a worldwide membership of 5,000,000 although it never recovered its pre-war popularity in England and Wales. 107 The decline in numbers they did face may also be accounted for by the development of new groups, such as the National Childbirth Trust (NCT) and the Pre-school Playgroups Association (PPA) which joined the ranks of organisations that the women interviewed remembered as being particularly significant. In addition a group of women who had been part of Oxford Women’s Liberation (OWL) were amongst those interviewed.
Indd 33 05/12/2011 09:32 modern motherhood example, discussing living on an estate in Witney during the late 1970s when her daughter was little, Amy said: I was very lonely there and I didn’t really fit in. I couldn’t find it easy to find people, you know, like me really – whatever that may be. But I mean I just didn’t find anybody, you know, [my daughter] would go to playschool. I didn’t meet anybody there and I just don’t think I was living the lifestyle that would have introduced me to people that I would have known and I wasn’t, you see I wasn’t working then.
Discussing how she coped with the depression she experienced after the birth of her first child in the late 1970s, Shirley said: ‘But I do think that it was the friends that I made through antenatal class and the NCT classes. ’113 The opportunity to meet women in the same position was particularly welcome. 114 By the end of the twentieth century attending NCT classes had become a standard way for women (although principally white, middle-class, town dwellers) to meet other mothers (particularly first-time mothers) of young children.