Gender, Labour, War and Empire: Essays on Modern Britain by Philippa Levine, Susan R. Grayzel

By Philippa Levine, Susan R. Grayzel

This is often a lively number of essays at the cultures of 19th and twentieth-century Britain. subject matters variety from prostitution and slavery to the impact of struggle on type journal reporting to inter-racial marriage within the postwar years. specific parts of concentration comprise the second one global conflict, its legacies and the reactions to postwar decolonization.

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3 Dennis Dworkin, Class Struggles (London, 2007). , 143–4. 5 See Introduction to Limited Livelihoods: Gender and Class in Nineteenth-Century England (Berkeley, CA: 1992); “Gender and Labor History: The NineteenthCentury Legacy”, International Review of Social History 38, Supplement (1993): 145–62; “Class Formation and the Quintessential Worker”, in Reworking Class, ed. John R. Hall (Ithaca, NY: 1997), 133–66; and “Resuscitating Class”, Social Science History 22 (September 1998); 19–27. See also Laura L.

For the exchange between Downs and Scott see Comparative Studies in Society and History 35 (1993): Laura Lee Downs, “If ‘Woman’ Is Just an Empty Category, Then Why Am I Afraid to Walk Alone at Night? Identity Politics Meets the Postmodern Subject”, 414–37; Joan Scott, “The Tip of the Volcano”, 438–43; and Laura Lee Downs, “Reply to Joan Scott”, 444–51. 27 Catherine Hall, “Politics, Post-Structuralism and Feminist History”, Gender and History 3 (1991): 210. 28 Rose, Limited Livelihoods, 16. 29 Rose, “Gender and Labor History”, 160.

In doing so it preserved the public/private dichotomy that made it possible for the male working class to stand in for the class as a whole – to be the “quintessential worker” in Rose’s words. For Rose, assumptions about gender in liberal and Marxist political theory were closely related to changes in broader societal understandings of private and public, notably the spread of the doctrine of separate spheres, which became an underlying principle shaping middle-class life. “Increasingly in the nineteenth century”, Rose wrote, “women and men were seen as having essentially different natures.

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