Summer Reading B2G1 Free
 
 

Special Offers see all

Enter to WIN a $100 Credit

Subscribe to PowellsBooks.news
for a chance to win.
Privacy Policy

Visit our stores


    Recently Viewed clear list


    Original Essays | July 14, 2015

    Joshua Mohr: IMG Your Imagination, Your Fingerprint



    When I was in grad school, a teacher told our workshop that if a published novel is 300 pages, the writer had to generate 1,200 along the way. I... Continue »
    1. $17.50 Sale Hardcover add to wish list

      All This Life

      Joshua Mohr 9781593766030

    spacer
Qualifying orders ship free.
$89.95
New Hardcover
Ships in 1 to 3 days
Add to Wishlist
available for shipping or prepaid pickup only
Available for In-store Pickup
in 7 to 12 days
Qty Store Section
1 Remote Warehouse World History- England General

This title in other editions

Other titles in the RGS-IBG Books series:

Working Lives: Gender, Migration and Employment in Britain, 1945-2007 (RGS-IBG Books)

by

Working Lives: Gender, Migration and Employment in Britain, 1945-2007 (RGS-IBG Books) Cover

 

Synopses & Reviews

Publisher Comments:

‘In this rich book, Linda McDowell writes an important history of the changing nature of work in Britain over the last 60 years through the experience and eyes of immigrant women. There are not many books that bring together the trials, hopes and achievements of various generations of working women from East Europe, the Caribbean and East Africa, and fewer still that rethink British labour market history on the basis of the evidence gathered. A very fine piece of scholarship.’
Ash Amin, University of Cambridge

‘An insightful and well-researched study of post second world war women’s migration into Britain, exploring the interplay between their changing self-understanding, patterns of work and gender identity. The unusual and original angle of analysis yields many a novel conclusion and makes the book indispensable.’
Bhikku Parekh, University of Westminster and House of Lords

Full of unique and compelling insights into the working lives of migrant women in the UK, this book explores the changing nature of women’s employment in post-war Britain. Seen through the eyes of those arriving and seeking work since 1945, the author’s analysis of working patterns is based on many hours of interviews with female textile workers, hospital domestics, nurses, automotive workers, photo print packers, bankers, doctors, cleaners, nannies and agricultural workers.

The volume uses these first-hand accounts to track social changes in the UK up to 2007, combining theory and analysis of empirical data to provide a cogent analysis of the characteristics of the labour market in contemporary Britain. Linda McDowell sets the vivid details of women’s lives in the context of far-reaching changes in the country’s employment landscape and immigrant regulatory framework since World War II. Deploying fresh information gleaned from oral history accumulated over two decades of research, the book is a fascinating survey of the origins of Britain’s ethnically diverse population that fuses sociological and geographical analysis to demonstrate how migrant women are viewed by society as suitable workers for particular types of jobs.

Synopsis:

Full of unique and compelling insights into the working lives of migrant women in the UK, this book draws on more than two decades of in-depth research to explore the changing nature of women’s employment in post-war Britain.
  • A first-rate example of theoretically located empirical analysis of labour market change in contemporary Britain
  • Includes compelling case studies that combine historical documentation of social change with fascinating first-hand accounts of women’s working lives over decades
  • Integrates information gleaned from more than two decades of in-depth research
  • Revealing comparative analysis of the similarities and differences in the lives of immigrant working women in post-war Britain
  • Features real-life accounts of women’s under-reported experiences of migration

About the Author

Linda McDowell is Professor of Human Geography at the University of Oxford. She is a Fellow of St John’s College, where she is the Director of the Research Centre, and a Fellow of the British Academy. Widely published and well-known as a feminist ethnographer of labour and employment, her books include Capital Culture: Gender at Work in the City (Blackwell, 1997), Gender, Identity and Place (1999), Redundant Masculinities? Employment Change and White Working-Class Youth (Blackwell, 2003), Hard Labour (2005) and Working Bodies: Interactive Service Employment and Workplace Identities (Wiley-Blackwell, 2009).

Table of Contents

List of Figures and Tables viii

Series Editors’ Preface x

Preface: Leaving Home and Looking for Work xi

Part One Migration and Mobilities 1

1 Leaving Home: Migration and Working Lives 3

2 Gendering Labour Geographies and Histories 19

3 The Transformation of Britain 51

Part Two Out to Work: Embodied Genealogies 69

4 Post-war Reconstruction, 1945–1951 71

5 Coming Home: The Heart of Empire, 1948–1968 95

6 Years of Struggle, 1968–1979 128

7 Privilege and Inequality, 1979–1997 157

8 Back to the Future: Diversity and Precarious Labour, 1997–2007 184

9 Full Circle, 1945–2007 213

References 232

Appendix: Post-war Legislation 253

Index 263

Product Details

ISBN:
9781444339192
Author:
Mcdowell, Linda
Publisher:
Wiley-Blackwell
Author:
McDowell, Linda
Subject:
Human Geography
Subject:
Geography of Population & Migration
Subject:
p
Subject:
UK employment; migrant women; women’s employment; post-war Britain; labour market; contemporary Britain; real-life accounts; urban studies; sociology; gender studies; migration studies; immigrant regulatory framework
Subject:
Sociology - General
Subject:
UK employment; migrant women; women s employment; post-war Britain; labour market; contemporary Britain; real-life accounts; urban studies; sociology; gender studies; migration studies; immigrant regulatory framework
Copyright:
Edition Description:
WOL online Book (not BRO)
Series:
RGS-IBG Book Series
Publication Date:
20130826
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English
Pages:
294
Dimensions:
236.2 x 160 x 19.8 mm 18.56 oz

Related Subjects

History and Social Science » Anthropology » Cultural Anthropology
History and Social Science » Europe » Great Britain » General History
History and Social Science » Gender Studies » General
History and Social Science » Politics » Labor
History and Social Science » Sociology » General
History and Social Science » World History » England » General

Working Lives: Gender, Migration and Employment in Britain, 1945-2007 (RGS-IBG Books) New Hardcover
0 stars - 0 reviews
$89.95 In Stock
Product details 294 pages Wiley-Blackwell - English 9781444339192 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , Full of unique and compelling insights into the working lives of migrant women in the UK, this book draws on more than two decades of in-depth research to explore the changing nature of women’s employment in post-war Britain.
  • A first-rate example of theoretically located empirical analysis of labour market change in contemporary Britain
  • Includes compelling case studies that combine historical documentation of social change with fascinating first-hand accounts of women’s working lives over decades
  • Integrates information gleaned from more than two decades of in-depth research
  • Revealing comparative analysis of the similarities and differences in the lives of immigrant working women in post-war Britain
  • Features real-life accounts of women’s under-reported experiences of migration
spacer
spacer
  • back to top

FOLLOW US ON...

     
Powell's City of Books is an independent bookstore in Portland, Oregon, that fills a whole city block with more than a million new, used, and out of print books. Shop those shelves — plus literally millions more books, DVDs, and gifts — here at Powells.com.