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Modern MotherhoodWomen and Family in England, 1945-2000$
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Angela Davis

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780719084553

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: September 2012

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9780719084553.001.0001

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Family and community: surveying women and the family

Family and community: surveying women and the family

(p.15) 2 Family and community: surveying women and the family
Modern Motherhood

Angela Davis

Manchester University Press

Through an assessment of the role of kinship, neighbourhood and class in women’s experiences, and making use of the interviews specially conducted for the book, this chapter examines national debates about the place of mother in the family and wider community in Britain in the second half of the twentieth century. It considers the concepts of motherhood and family which were in vogue in the post-war decades as revealed in contemporary texts, such as social surveys and community studies, and government reports. The chapter examines the rise and fall of the nuclear family; the changing relative importance of family and friends; how women formed their social networks; and to whom they turned for advice and support. The roles of locality, ethnicity and religion in influencing attitudes and experience are also considered.

Keywords:   Motherhood, Sociology, Kinship, Community, Class, Locality, Ethnicity, Women's organisations

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