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Women's Periodicals and Print Culture in Britain, 1918-1939The Interwar Period$
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Catherine Clay, Maria DiCenzo, Barbara Green, and Fiona Hackney

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9781474412537

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: September 2018

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9781474412537.001.0001

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Housekeeping, Citizenship, and Nationhood in Good Housekeeping and Modern Home

Housekeeping, Citizenship, and Nationhood in Good Housekeeping and Modern Home

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(p.210) 13 Housekeeping, Citizenship, and Nationhood in Good Housekeeping and Modern Home
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Women's Periodicals and Print Culture in Britain, 1918-1939
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Alice Wood

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Edinburgh University Press
DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9781474412537.003.0017

This chapter interrogates the framing of women as citizens through domestic work in two interwar service magazines: Modern Home and Good Housekeeping. It examines their treatment of housekeeping as a skilled occupation, contrasting Modern Home’s portrayal of homemaking as woman’s chief role and service to the nation with Good Housekeeping’s insistence on women’s citizenship within and outside the home. It argues that while both magazines presented nostalgic views of England and Englishness in keeping with a broader middle-class turn towards family and nation in the interwar period, Good Housekeeping also urged its readers to consider their role and responsibilities as homemaker citizens in international terms. This chapter demonstrates the danger of homogenising accounts of interwar service magazines and counters the belief that the home represented a straightforward retreat from society and politics at this time.

Keywords:   domesticity, Englishness, international, home, service magazines, Good Housekeeping, Modern Home

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