Gender, leisure and marriage in a working-class community, 1939-1960

Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10149/95458
Title:
Gender, leisure and marriage in a working-class community, 1939-1960
Authors:
Williamson, M. (Margaret)
Affiliation:
University of Teesside. School of Arts and Media.
Citation:
Williamson, M. (2009) 'Gender, leisure and marriage in a working-class community, 1939-1960', Labour History Review, 74 (2), pp.185-198.
Publisher:
Maney Publishing
Journal:
Labour History Review
Issue Date:
Aug-2009
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/10149/95458
DOI:
10.1179/174581809X451881
Abstract:
This article examines the extent to which married women were able to negotiate independent leisure outside the home. It explores the constraints women faced and any strategies used to resist restrictions imposed by their husbands. The evidence is gathered from an industrial community in East Cleveland, an area dominated by the iron and steel industries and in particular ironstone mining. It is focused on the years between 1939 and 1960, a period in which the ideology of companionate marriage was gaining widespread acceptance. Oral testimony confirms the expectation that marital partners should spend some leisure time together outside the home. However, the ideology of companionate marriage appears to have put some women under added pressure to abandon independent leisure for the sake of their marriage and its public profile. Indeed, it is clear that most women had less access to independent leisure than their male partners. Some women accepted this as natural; others tried to influence their access to leisure with a variety of strategies and with varying degrees of success. Ultimately the majority valued the stability of their marriage and its public profile more than the right to independent leisure.
Type:
Article
Language:
en
Keywords:
women; gender; working-class; leisure; marriage; oral testimonies; Cleveland
ISSN:
0961-5652
Rights:
Author can archive post-print (ie final draft post-refereeing). For full details see http://www.sherpa.ac.uk/romeo/ [Accessed 01/04/2010]
Citation Count:
0 [Web of Science, 01/04/2010]

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DC FieldValue Language
dc.contributor.authorWilliamson, M. (Margaret)en
dc.date.accessioned2010-04-01T09:56:06Z-
dc.date.available2010-04-01T09:56:06Z-
dc.date.issued2009-08-
dc.identifier.citationLabour History Review; 74 (2): 185-198en
dc.identifier.issn0961-5652-
dc.identifier.doi10.1179/174581809X451881-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10149/95458-
dc.description.abstractThis article examines the extent to which married women were able to negotiate independent leisure outside the home. It explores the constraints women faced and any strategies used to resist restrictions imposed by their husbands. The evidence is gathered from an industrial community in East Cleveland, an area dominated by the iron and steel industries and in particular ironstone mining. It is focused on the years between 1939 and 1960, a period in which the ideology of companionate marriage was gaining widespread acceptance. Oral testimony confirms the expectation that marital partners should spend some leisure time together outside the home. However, the ideology of companionate marriage appears to have put some women under added pressure to abandon independent leisure for the sake of their marriage and its public profile. Indeed, it is clear that most women had less access to independent leisure than their male partners. Some women accepted this as natural; others tried to influence their access to leisure with a variety of strategies and with varying degrees of success. Ultimately the majority valued the stability of their marriage and its public profile more than the right to independent leisure.en
dc.language.isoenen
dc.publisherManey Publishingen
dc.rightsAuthor can archive post-print (ie final draft post-refereeing). For full details see http://www.sherpa.ac.uk/romeo/ [Accessed 01/04/2010]en
dc.subjectwomenen
dc.subjectgenderen
dc.subjectworking-classen
dc.subjectleisureen
dc.subjectmarriageen
dc.subjectoral testimoniesen
dc.subjectClevelanden
dc.titleGender, leisure and marriage in a working-class community, 1939-1960en
dc.typeArticleen
dc.contributor.departmentUniversity of Teesside. School of Arts and Media.en
dc.identifier.journalLabour History Reviewen
ref.citationcount0 [Web of Science, 01/04/2010]en
or.citation.harvardWilliamson, M. (2009) 'Gender, leisure and marriage in a working-class community, 1939-1960', Labour History Review, 74 (2), pp.185-198.-
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