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  • Author(s) Elizabeth Roberts
  • SubtitleAn Oral History of Working Class Women 1890-1940
  • Edition1
  • Published27th February 1995
  • PublisherJohn Wiley & Sons (UK)
  • ISBN9780631147541

An Oral History of Working Class Women 1890-1940

A Woman's Place is based upon Elizabeth Roberts's interviews
with 160 elderly people from the towns of Barrow, Lancaster and
Preston. They recall their memories of family life as children,
youths and adults in the period between the last decade of the
nineteenth century and the outbreak of the Second World War.

A Woman's Place shows working-class women to be conscious
of, and secure in, the separate, private sphere of home and family,
with little feeling of male oppression, but more of class
oppression and economic injustice to man and woman alike. A woman's
key place within the family as budget manager and domestic decision
taker was widely recognized. It was, however, a position won at
great cost. The hazards of childbirth, the grueling physical
routines of washing, cleaning and cooking, the necessity of
undertaking part-time, or (in Preston especially) full-time paid
employment to boost the family's meager income, were the coin with
which that role was bought. This hard female experience from
childhood to motherhood is carefully and sensitively recorded, and
the oral evidence supported and elucidated by documentary material
from a wide range of local and national sources.


Elizabeth Roberts's classic work in the oral history of the
family is now reissued to coincide with the publication of Women
and Families
to which it is a direct prequel. Taken together
the two books provide an unrivaled picture of almost a century of
social change.

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  • Author(s) Elizabeth Roberts
  • SubtitleAn Oral History of Working Class Women 1890-1940
  • Edition1
  • Published27th February 1995
  • PublisherJohn Wiley & Sons (UK)
  • ISBN9780631147541

An Oral History of Working Class Women 1890-1940

A Woman's Place is based upon Elizabeth Roberts's interviews
with 160 elderly people from the towns of Barrow, Lancaster and
Preston. They recall their memories of family life as children,
youths and adults in the period between the last decade of the
nineteenth century and the outbreak of the Second World War.

A Woman's Place shows working-class women to be conscious
of, and secure in, the separate, private sphere of home and family,
with little feeling of male oppression, but more of class
oppression and economic injustice to man and woman alike. A woman's
key place within the family as budget manager and domestic decision
taker was widely recognized. It was, however, a position won at
great cost. The hazards of childbirth, the grueling physical
routines of washing, cleaning and cooking, the necessity of
undertaking part-time, or (in Preston especially) full-time paid
employment to boost the family's meager income, were the coin with
which that role was bought. This hard female experience from
childhood to motherhood is carefully and sensitively recorded, and
the oral evidence supported and elucidated by documentary material
from a wide range of local and national sources.


Elizabeth Roberts's classic work in the oral history of the
family is now reissued to coincide with the publication of Women
and Families
to which it is a direct prequel. Taken together
the two books provide an unrivaled picture of almost a century of
social change.

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