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This project makes use of oral history transcripts to examine aspects of working- class women’s lives in Scotland in the inter-war period. Source materials for this project ,The project consists of two questions, of equal weighting in the assessment. These questions are intended to further develop your understanding of gender, work, consumerism and popular culture in the first half of the twentieth century. In preparing your answers you should use the assigned literature below, the reading from seminar topic 6, and at least three oral history transcripts( i will upload the reading list and history transcripts). answer those two questions.
Question 1 (750 words, 50% of assessment)
To what extent do the selected oral history transcripts indicate continuity rather than change in women’s work patterns and experiences in Scotland in the period 1914-1939? Issues to consider:
 What kind of work did women do
 What did it involve
 Was it similar to the work their mothers had done?
 Was the kind of work women did very different from the work of men?
Question 2 (750 words, 50% of assessment)
What do the selected oral history transcripts reveal about women’s leisure in
Scotland in the period 1919-1939? Issues to consider:
 Were there differences in the leisure activities of men and women
 What were the main leisure activities that women enjoyed
 Were there differences in women’s experiences of leisure
 Were there impediments to women access to leisure
Question 1 Essential Reading:
Annmarie Hughes, Gender and Political Identities in Scotland, c1919-1930, Edinburgh, Edinburgh University Press, 2010, chapter 1 and 4
Sally Alexander, ‘Men’s Fears and Women’s Work: Responses to Unemployment in London Between the Wars’, Gender & History, 2000, Vol. 12 Issue 2, pp.401-426
Selina Todd, Breadwinners and Dependants: young working-class people in England, 1918-55’, International Review of Social History, Vol. 52, no. 1 (2007), pp. 57-87.
Arthur McIvor, ’Gender Apartheid?: Women in Scottish Society’ in T. M. Devine and R. J. Finlay (eds), Scotland in the Twentieth Century (Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 1996).
R McKibben, Classes and Cultures: England 1918-1951 Oxford University Press, Oxford, 1998, chapter 1V
Clare Wightman, More than munitions: women, work and the engineering industries, 1900-1950, Longman, London, 1999, pp.15-25
Guerriero Wilson, ‘Women’s work in offices and the preservation of men’s “breadwinning” jobs in early twentieth-century Glasgow’, Women’s History Review, Vol.10, Issue 3, 2001, pp.461-482.

Question 2 Essential Reading:
Adrian Bingham, ‘An Era of Domesticity’? Histories of Women and Gender in Interwar Britain’, Cultural and Social History, Volume 1, Issue 2, 2004, pp. 225-233
Claire Langhamer, Women’s leisure in England, 1920-60, (Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2000), chapter 5
John Benson, The Rise of Consumer Society in Britain, 1880-1980, (Longman: Essex, 1994), chapter 8
Patrick Chaplin, ‘Women, darts and the pub’ National Archive Podcast Series, Kew, 2010, available at: pub-in-the-interwar-period/
R McKibben, Classes and Cultures: England 1918-1951 Oxford University Press, Oxford, 1998, chapter V
Julie Marie Strange, ‘Leisure’, in Francesca Carnevali and Julie-Marie Strange (eds), Twentieth-Century Britain: Economic, Cultural and Social Change (Harlow; Pearson.
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