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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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Friendship and Support, Conflict and Rivalry: Multiple Uses of the Correspondence Column in Childcare Magazines, 1919–39

Friendship and Support, Conflict and Rivalry: Multiple Uses of the Correspondence Column in Childcare Magazines, 1919–39

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(p.252) 16 Friendship and Support, Conflict and Rivalry: Multiple Uses of the Correspondence Column in Childcare Magazines, 1919–39
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Women's Periodicals and Print Culture in Britain, 1918-1939
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Katherine Holden

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Edinburgh University Press
DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9781474412537.003.0020

This chapter examines a variety of ways in which correspondence columns of the childcare magazine Nursery World and two in-house nursery nursing college magazines were used by readers during the interwar years. The columns offered editors useful ways to communicate with readers and discover what aspects of the magazine they preferred. Publishing letters where readers shared views and answered one another’s problems kept debates over maternal authority, nannies’ class and education, and social isolation alive and relevant to readers. However, letters to the college magazines tended to be more uncontroversial, most commonly featuring letters from abroad often commissioned by the editor. Overall, ways in which editors responded to complaints and praise mediated between warring factions and encouraged their ‘imagined community’ of readers to feel less isolated are clear both in the selection of letters published and the responses given to them.

Keywords:   Nursery World, childcare magazine, nannies, correspondence columns, maternal authority, imagined community, nursery, nursing college, social isolation

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