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Gender and Political Identities in Scotland, 1919-1939$
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Annmarie Hughes

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780748639816

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748639816.001.0001

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Gender and the Politics of Everyday Life

Gender and the Politics of Everyday Life

(p.181) Chapter 8 Gender and the Politics of Everyday Life
Gender and Political Identities in Scotland, 1919-1939

Annmarie Hughes

Edinburgh University Press

Scotland's inter-war working-class constituency has been identified with a powerful class awareness that was expressed in extreme militancy immediately before, during and in the years after the First World War. Such was the extent of the militancy that it has generated a debate over the country's radical and ‘revolutionary’ potential. However, in Scottish labour historiography that story has been and remains a masculine narrative. This chapter subverts that narrative by highlighting how working-class women's experiences of everyday life politicised them. Women's roles as moral guardians of home, family and community provided a basis for coalitions, especially where economic conditions threatened their identities as good household managers, but they also expressed a class awareness that was interlinked to their gender identities.

Keywords:   working-class women, Scottish women, militancy, daily life, women's roles, gender identity

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