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HIST3302
Module Reading List

Ordinary People: The Everyday Lives of Men, Women and Children in Britain, c. 1920s-50s, 2019/20, Semester 1, 2
Dr Claire Martin
c.p.martin@leeds.ac.uk
Tutor information is taken from the Module Catalogue

GENERAL HISTORIES & BACKGROUND READINGS

You may find the following readings useful to get a sense of the context and some key themes developments throughout the period as we progress through the module.

Adi, Hakim, Black British History: New Perspectives (London: Zed Books, 2019)  

Beaumont, Caitriona, Housewives and Citizens: Domesticity and the Women’s Movement in England, 1928-1964 (Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2013)  

Bourke, Joanna, Working Class Cultures in Britain 1890-1960: Gender, Class, and Ethnicity (London: Routledge, 1994)

Cohen, Deborah, Family Secrets: The Things We Try to Hide (London: Penguin, 2013)  

Davies, Russell, People, places and passions: ‘pain and pleasure’: a social history of Wales and the Welsh 1870-1945 (Cardiff: University of Wales Press, 2015)  

Delap, Lucy, Ben Griffin and Abigail Wills, The Politics of Domestic Authority in Britain since 1800 (London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2009)

Hilton, Matthew, Consumerism in Twentieth-century Britain: the Search for a Historical Movement (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2009)

Kushner, Tony, We Europeans? Mass Observation, ‘race’ and British identity in the twentieth century (Aldershot: Ashgate, 2004)

Kynaston, David, Austerity Britain, 1945-1951 (London: Bloomsbury, 2010)

Kynaston, David, Family Britain, 1951-1957 (London: Bloomsbury, 2012)

Langhamer, Claire, Women's Leisure in England 1920-60 (Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2000)

McKibbin, Ross, Classes and Cultures: England 1918-51 (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1998)

Moran, Joe, Queuing for Beginners: The Story of Daily Life from Breakfast to Bedtime (London: Profile Books, 2008)  

Roberts, Elizabeth, A Woman’s Place: An Oral History of Working-Class Women, 1890-1940 (Oxford: Blackwell, 1984)

Roberts, Elizabeth, Women and Families: An Oral History, 1940-70 (Oxford: Blackwell, 1995)

Savage, Mike, Identities and Social Change in Britain since 1940 (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2010)

Snape, Robert, Helen Pussard, and Matthew Constatine (eds), Recording Leisure Lives: Everyday Leisure in Twentieth-Century Britain (Eastbourne: Leisure Studies Association, 2012)  

Todd, Selina, The People: The Rise and Fall of the Working Class, 1910-2010 (London: John Murray, 2014)

Zweiniger Bargielowska, Ina (ed.), Women in Twentieth-Century Britain: Social, Cultural, and Political Change (Harlow: Longman, 2001)

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WEEK 1: UNDERSTANDING THE EVERYDAY

Set readings

Brewer, John, 'Microhistory and the Histories of Everyday Life,' Cultural and Social History, 7:1 (2010), 87-109

Highmore, Ben, Ordinary Lives: Studies in the Everyday (Routledge, 2010), Introduction

Moran, Joe, ‘History, Memory and the Everyday,’ Rethinking History, 8:1 (March 2004), 51-68

Further readings

Bennett, Tony, and Diane Watson (eds), Understanding Everyday Life (Oxford: Blackwell, 2002)  

Bourdieu, Pierre, Distinction: a Social Critique of the Judgement of Taste, 1st edn. [1984] translated (London: Routledge, 2010)

Bourdieu, Pierre, The Logic of Practice (Cambridge: Polity, 1990)

de Certeau, Michel, The Practice of Everyday Life (Berkley: University of California Press, 1988)

Carter, Laura, ‘The Quennells and the “History of Everyday Life” in England, c.1918-1969’, History Workshop Journal, 81:1 (2016), 106-134 Available online 

Felski, Rita, ‘The Invention of Everyday Life,’ New Formations 39 (1999/2000), pp.15-31 (available here: https://warwick.ac.uk/fac/arts/english/currentstudents/undergraduate/modules/literaturetheoryandtime/ltt-felski.pdf)

Fox, Kate, Watching the English: the Hidden Rules of English Behaviour, 2nd edn. (London: Hodder and Stoughton, 2014)

Gregory, Brad, ‘Is small beautiful? Microhistory and the history of everyday life’, History and Theory, 38:1 (1999), 100-110

Highmore, Ben, Everyday Life and Cultural Theory: an introduction (London: Routledge, 2001)

Highmore, Ben (ed.), The Everyday Life Reader (London: Routledge, 2002)

Lawrence, Jon, ‘Class, “Affluence” and the study of everyday life in Britain, c.1930-64’, Cultural and Social History 10, 2 (2013), 273-299

Moran, Joe, Reading the Everyday (London: Routledge, 2005)

Robinson, Victoria, ‘Reconceptualising the Mundane and the Extraordinary: A lens through which to explore transformation within women’s everyday footwear practices’, Sociology 49: 5 (2015), 903–918

Shove, Elizabeth, Mika Pantzar and Matt Watson, The Dynamics of Social Practice: Everyday Life and How It Changes (London: Sage, 2012)

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WEEK 2: LIFE IN THE AFTERMATH OF THE FIRST WORLD WAR

Set readings

Bland, Lucy, ‘White Women and Men of Colour: Miscegenation fears in Britain after the Great War’, Gender and History 17:1 (2005), 29-61

Koven, Seth, ‘Remembering and Dismemberment: crippled children, wounded soldiers and the Great War in Britain’, American Historical Review 99:4 (1994), 1167-1202

Morley, Joel, ‘Dad “never said much” but… Young Men and Great War Veterans in Day-to-Day Life in Interwar Britain’, Twentieth Century British History 29:2 (2018), 199-224

Further readings

Beaumont, Caitriona, “The Women’s Movement, Politics and Citizenship, 1918–50s”, in Ina ZweinigerBargielowska (ed.), Women in Twentieth-Century Britain: Social, Cultural, and Political Change (Harlow: Longman, 2001), pp.262-277

Bourke, Joanna, ‘Effeminacy, Ethnicity and the End of Trauma: The Sufferings of ‘Shell-Shocked’ Men in Great Britain and Ireland, 1914-39’, Journal of Contemporary History 35:1 (2000), 57-69

Cohen, Deborah, The War Come Home: Disabled Veterans in Britain and Germany, 1914-1939 (University of California Press, 2001)

Cohen, Robin, and Roy May ‘The Interaction between Race and Colonialism: A Case Study of the Liverpool Riots of 1919’, Race, 16:2 (1974), 111-126

Davidson, Ruth, “‘Dreams of Utopia’: the Infant Welfare Movement in Interwar Croydon”, Women’s History Review, 23:2 (2014), 239-255

Fisher, Tim, ‘Fatherhood and the British Fathercraft Movement, 1919-1939’, Gender and History 17:2 (2005), 441-62

Glucksmann, Miriam, Women Assemble: Women Workers and the New Industries in Inter-War Britain (London: Routledge, 1990)

Hennessee, Thomas, Dividing Ireland: World War I and Partition (London: Routledge, 1988)

Jenkinson, Jaqueline, Black 1919: Riots, Racism and Resistance in Imperial Britain (Liverpool: Liverpool University Press, 2009)

Kent, Susan Kingsley, Making Peace: The Reconstruction of Gender in Interwar Britain (Princeton: New Jersey, 1993)

Light, Alison, Forever England: Femininity, Literature and Conservatism Between the Wars (London: Routledge, 1991)

McKittrik, David, and David McVea, Making Sense of the Troubles: the story of the conflict in Northern Ireland (Chicago: New Amsterdam Books, 2002), pp.1-26

Siblon, John, ‘‘Race’, Rank, and the Politics of Inter-war Commemoration of African and Caribbean Servicemen in Britain’, in Hakim Adi (ed.), Black British History: New Perspectives (London: Zed Books, 2019), pp.52-71

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WEEK 3: WORK, HOME AND UNEMPLOYMENT IN INTERWAR BRITAIN

Set readings

Beers, Laura, ‘”Is This Man an Anarchist?” Industrial Action and the Battle for Public Opinion in Interwar Britain’, The Journal of Modern History, 82 (2010), 30-60

Grandy, Christine, ‘Paying for Love: Women’s Work and Love in Popular Film in Interwar Britain’, Journal of the History of Sexuality, 19:3 (2010), 483-507

Penlington, Neil, ‘Masculinity and Domesticity in 1930s South Wales: Did Unemployment Change the Domestic Division of Labour?’, Twentieth Century British History 21:3 (2010), 281-99

Further readings

Alexander, Sally, ‘Men’s Fears and Women’s Work: Responses to Unemployment in London between the Wars’, Gender and History 12:2 (2000), 401-25

Bingham, Adrian, ‘An Era of Domesticity'? Histories of Women and Gender in Interwar Britain’, Cultural and Social History 1:2 (2004), 225-233

Burnett, John, Idle Hands: The Experience of Unemployment, 1790-1990 (London: Routledge, 1994)

Gildart, Keith, ‘The Miners’ Lockout in 1926 in the Cumberland Coalfield’, Northern History 44:2 (2007), 169-192

Giles, Judy, The Parlour and the Suburb: Domestic Identities, Class, Femininity and Modernity (Oxford: Berg, 2004)

Levine-Clark, Marjorie, ‘The Politics of Preference: Masculinity, Marital Status and Unemployment Relief in Post-First World War Britain’, Cultural and Social History, 7:2 (2010), 233-52

Long, Vicky, ‘Industrial Homes, Domestic Factories: the Convergence of Public and Private Space in Interwar Britain’, Journal of British Studies, 50 (2011), 434-464

Roberts, Elizabeth, A Woman’s Place: An Oral History of Working-Class Women, 1890-1940 (Oxford: Blackwell, 1984)

Ward, Stephanie, Unemployment and the state in Britain: The means test and protest in 1930s south Wales and north-east England (Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2013)

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WEEK 4: EVERYDAY LIVES AND EXPERIENCES OF THE SECOND WORLD WAR

Set readings

Langhamer, Claire, ‘Who the Hell are Ordinary People?’ Ordinariness as a Category of Historical Analysis’, Transactions of the Royal Historical Society 28 (2018), 175-95

Rose, Sonya O., Which People’s War? National Identity and Citizenship in Britain 1939-1945 (Oxford, 2003), Introduction

Further readings

Bland, Lucy, 'Interracial Relationships and the "Brown Baby Question": Black GIs, White British Women and their Mixed Race Offspring in World War II', Journal of the History of Sexuality, 26:3 (2017), 424-453

Bourne, Stephen, The Motherland Calls - Britain’s Black Servicemen and Women, 1939-45 (The History Press, 2012)

Chand, Alison, ‘Conflicting Masculinities? Men in Reserved Occupations in Clydeside 1939-45’, Journal of Scottish Historical Studies 34:2 (2014), 218-36

Davenport, Paul, ‘Dangerous, courageous, invisible: non-white seafarers in the Merchant Navy of the 1940s and 1950s’, Journal of War and Cultural Studies, 4:1 (2011), 51-64

Fox, Jo, ‘Millions like us? Accented language and the “ordinary” in British films of the Second World War’, Journal of British Studies 45:4 (2006), 819–845

Fussell, Paul, Wartime: Understanding and Behavior in the Second World War (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1989)

Gardiner, Juliet, Wartime Britain, 1939-45 (London: Review, 2005)

Greenhalgh, James, ‘”Till we hear the last all clear”: gender and the presentation of self in young girls’ writing about the bombing of Hull during the Second World War’, Gender and History 26:1 (2014), 167-183

Halley, Morgiana, ‘“Death was their escort, and glory passed them by”: Life in the Marine Convoys of World War II’, Northern Mariner, 7:1 (1997), 45-54 Available online

Harvey, David, and Mark Riley, ‘‘Fighting from the fields’: developing the ‘National Farm’ in the Second World War’, Journal of Historical Geography 35:3 (2009), 495-516

Hinton, James, Nine Wartime Lives: Mass Observation and the Making of the Modern Self (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2010)

Hylton, Stuart, Their Darkest Hour: the Hidden History of the Home Front, 1939-1945 (Sutton, 2001), chapter 2 ‘The evacuees’

Irving, Henry, ‘”We want everybody’s salvage!” Recycling, Voluntarism, and the People’s War’, Cultural and Social History, 16:2 (2019), 165-184

Moss, Judith, ‘Hidden History – Holidays during the Second World War: A Case Study of Blackburn and District’, in Robert Snape, Helen Pussard, and Matthew Constatine (eds), Recording Leisure Lives: Everyday Leisure in Twentieth-Century Britain (Eastbourne: Leisure Studies Association, 2012)

Pattinson, Juliette, Arthur McIvor and Linsey Robb, Men in Reserve: British Civilian Masculinities in the Second World War (Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2017)

Roberts, Brian, ‘Shopping, Saving and Spending in Wartime: The Experience of a Welsh Mining Valley’, Family and Community History 5:1 (2002), 19-31

Robb, Linsey, Men at Work: The Working Man in British Culture, 1939 – 1945 (Palgrave Macmillan, 2015)

Rose, Sonya, ‘Race, empire and British wartime national identity, 1939-45’, Historical research, 74 (2001), 220-37

Schaffer, Gavin, ‘Fighting Racism: Black Soldiers and Workers in Britain during the Second World War’, Immigrants and Minorities, 28:2-3 (2010), 246-265

Schaffer, Gavin, 'ReThinking the History of Blame: British Policy and Attitudes towards Immigrants and Minorities during the Second World War', National Identities, 8:4 (2006), 401-420

Summerfield, Penny, and Corinna Peniston-Bird, Contesting Home Defence: Men, Women and the Home Guard in Britain in the Second World War (Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2007)

Summerfield, Penny, ‘Conflict, Power and Gender in women’s memories of the Second World War: a Mass-Observation Study’, Miranda: Revue Pluridisciplinaire du Monde Anglophone, 2 (2010), 1-10

Summerfield, Penny, Reconstructing Women’s Wartime Lives: Discourse and Subjectivity in Oral Histories of the Second World War (Manchester: Manchester University Press, 1998)

Ugolini, Wendy, and Juliette Pattinson (eds), Fighting for Britain?: Negotiating Identities in Britain during the Second World War (Bern: Peter Lang, 2015)

Webster, Wendy, Mixing It: Diversity in World War Two Britain (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2018)

Westall, Robert, Children of the Blitz: Memories of Wartime Childhood (Harmondsworth: Penguin, 1987)

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WEEK 5: POST-WAR RECONSTRUCTION AND EVERYDAY LIFE IN THE 1940s AND 1950s

Set readings

Fraser, Derek, The Evolution of the British Welfare State: a history of social policy since the industrial revolution, 3rd edn. (Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2003), pp.245-265    

Langhamer, Claire, ‘Mass Observing the Atom Bomb: the emotional politics of August 1945’, Contemporary British History, 33:2 (2019), 208-225

Webster, Wendy, ‘”There’ll Always be an England”: Representations of Colonial Wars and Immigration, 1948-1968’, Journal of British Studies, 40:4 (2001), 557-584

Further readings

Adams, David, ‘Everyday experiences of the modern city: remembering the post-war reconstruction of Birmingham’, Planning Perspectives, 26:2 (2011), 237-260

Allport, Alan, Demobbed: Coming Home After the Second World War (New Haven and London, 2009)

Belchem, John, Before the Windrush: Race Relations in 20th Century Liverpool (Liverpool: Liverpool University Press, 2014)

Brooke, Stephen, ‘Gender and Working-Class Identity in Britain during the 1950s’, Journal of Social History 34:4 (2001), 773-95

Chettiar, Teri, ‘”More than a Contract”: The Emergence of a State-Supported Marriage Welfare Service and the Politics of Emotional Life in Post-1945 Britain’, Journal of British Studies 55:3 (2016), 566-591

Clapson, Mark (ed.), The Blitz and Its Legacy: Wartime Destruction to Postwar Reconstruction (London: Routledge, 2016)

Douthwaite, Jessica, ‘…what in the hell’s this? Rehearsing nuclear war in Britain’s Civil Defence Corps’, Contemporary British History, 33:2 (2019), 187-207

Faulkner, Simon and Anandi Ramamurthy (eds.), Visual Culture and Decolonisation in Britain (Aldershot: Ashgate, 2006)

Finch, Janet, and Penny Summerfield, ‘Social Reconstruction and the Emergence of Companionate Marriage, 1945-59’, in D. Clark (ed.), Marriage, Domestic Life and Social Change (London: Routledge, 1991), pp.7-32

Hubbard, Phil, and Lucy Faire, ‘Contesting the modern city: reconstruction and everyday life in post-war Coventry’, Planning Perspectives, 18:4 (2003), 377-398

Langhamer, Claire, ‘Love, Selfhood and Authenticity in Post-War Britain’, Cultural and Social History, 9:2 (2012), 277-97

Lowe, Rodney, The Welfare State in Britain since 1945, 3rd edn. (Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2005)

McCray Beier, Lucinda, For Their Own Good: The Transformation of English Working Class Health Culture, 1880-1970 (Colombus: Ohio State University, 2008), chapter 8 – available online: http://onlinebooks.library.upenn.edu/webbin/book/lookupname?key=Beier%2C%20Lucinda%20McCray

Moran, Joe, ‘“Subtopias of Good Intentions”: Everyday Landscapes in Postwar Britain’, Cultural and Social History, 4:3 (2007), 401-21

Phillips, Mike and Trevor, Windrush: The Irresistible Rise of Multi-Cultural Britain (London: Harper Collins, 1999)

Schwartz, Bill, ‘Claudia Jones and the West Indian Gazette: Reflections on the Emergence of Post-Colonial Britain’, Twentieth Century British History, 14:3 (2003), 264-285

Webster, Wendy, Imagining Home: Gender, “Race” and National Identity, 1945-64 (London: UCL Press, 1998)

Zweiniger Bargielowska, Ina, Austerity in Britain: Rationing, Controls, and Consumption, 1939-1955 (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2000)

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WEEK 6: CHILDHOOD, SCHOOL AND EDUCATION

Set readings

Barron, Hester, and Claire Langhamer, ‘Children, Class, and the Search for Security: Writing the Future in 1930s Britain’, Twentieth Century British History, 28:3 (2017), 367-389

Thomson, Mathew, Lost Freedom: the landscape of the child and the British postwar settlement (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2013), chapter 1    

Tisdall, Laura, ‘‘That was what life in Bridgeburn had made her’: Reading the autobiographies of children in institutional care in England, 1918-46’, Twentieth Century British History 24:3 (2013), 351-375

Further readings

Barron, Hester, 'Little prisoners of city streets': London elementary schools and the School Journey Movement, 1918-39’, History of Education, 42:2 (2013), 166-181

Barron, Hester, ‘Parents, teachers and children’s well-being in London, 1918-1939’, in H. Barron and C. Siebrecht (eds.) Parenting and the state in Britain and Europe, c. 1870-1950: raising the nation (Palgrave MacMillan, 2017), pp.137-159

Boyd, Kelly, Manliness and the boys' story paper in Britain: a cultural history, 1855-1940 (Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2003)

Delap, Lucy, ‘"For ever and ever": Child-raising, domestic workers and emotional labour in twentieth-century Britain’, Studies in the Maternal, 3:2 (2011), 1-10

Gardner, Philip, ‘The giant at the front: Young teachers and corporal punishment in inter-war elementary schools’, History of Education, 25:2 (1996), 141-163

Grosvenor, Ian, ‘‘There’s no place like home’: education and the making of national identity’, History of Education, 28:3 (1999), 235-250

Heywood, Colin, Childhood in Modern Europe (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2018), chapters 9 & 10

Hulme, Tom, ‘‘A nation depends on its children’: School buildings and citizenship in England and Wales, 1900-1939’, Journal of British Studies, 54:2 (2015), 406-432

Humphries, Stephen, Hooligans or Rebels? an oral history of working-class childhood and youth, 1889-1939 (Oxford: Blackwell, 1981)

Levine, Alysa, ‘Family breakdown and the 'Welfare Child' in 19th and 20th century Britain’, The History of the Family, 11:2 (2006), 67-79

Pembroke, Sinead, ‘The Role of Industrial Schools and Control over Child Welfare in Ireland in the Twentieth Century’, Irish Journal of Sociology, 21:1 (2013), 52-67

Simon, Brain, The Politics of Educational Reform, 1920-1940 (London: Lawrence and Wishart, 1974)

Thom, Deborah, ‘Beating Children is Wrong: Domestic Life, Psychological Thinking and the Progressive Turn’ in B. Griffin, L. Delap and A. Wills (eds), The Politics of Domestic Authority in Britain since 1800 (Basingstoke: Palgrave, 2009), pp.261-283

Tinkler, Penny, Constructing Girlhood: popular magazines for girls growing up in England, 1920-1950 (London: Taylor & Francis, 1995)

Tisdall, Laura, ‘Education, parenting and concepts of childhood in England, c. 1945 to c. 1979’, Contemporary British History, 31:1 (2017), 24-46

Tisdall, Laura, ‘Inside the ‘blackboard jungle': male teachers and male pupils at English secondary modern schools in fact and fiction, 1950 to 1959’, Cultural and Social History, 12:4 (2015), 489-507

Vernon, James, ‘The Ethics of Hunger and the Assembly of Society: The Techno-Politics of the School Meal in Modern Britain’, American Historical Review, 110:3 (2005), 693-725

 

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Set readings

Fowler, David, Youth Culture in Modern Britain, c.1920–c.1970 (Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2008), pp.114-126    

Todd, Selina, ‘Flappers and Factory Lads: Youth and Youth Culture in Interwar Britain’, History Compass, 4:4 (2006), 715-30

Further readings

Bradley, Kate, ‘Rational Recreation in the Age of Affluence: The Cafe and Working-Class Youth in London, c.1939-1965’ in E. Rappaport, S.T. Dawson & M.J. Crowley (eds), Consuming Behaviours: Identity, Politics and Pleasure in 20th Britain (London: Bloomsbury, 2015)  

Cox, Pamela, Gender, Justice, and Welfare: Bad Girls in Britain, 1900-1950 (Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2002)

Cowan, David, ‘The ‘Progress of a Slogan’: Youth, Culture, and the Shaping of Everyday Political Languages in Late 1940s Britain’, Twentieth Century British History, 29:3 (2018), 435-458

Davies, Andrew, Leisure, Gender and Poverty: Working-Class Culture in Salford and Manchester, 1900-1939 (Buckingham: Open University Press, 1992), chapter 4

Fowler, David, The first teenagers: the lifestyle of young wage-earners in interwar Britain (London: Woburn Press, 1995)

Horn, Adrian, Juke box Britain: Americanisation and youth culture, 1945-60 (Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2009)

Jackson, Louise, ‘“The Coffee Club Menace": Policing Youth, Leisure and Sexuality in Post-war Manchester’, Cultural and Social History, 5:3 (2008), 289-308

James, Robert, Popular Culture and Working-Class Taste in Britain, 1930-39: a Round of Cheap Diversions? (Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2010)

Milcoy, Katherine, When the Girls Come Out to Play: Teenage Working-Class Girls’ Leisure between the Wars (London: Bloomsbury, 2017)  

Mitchell, Gillian, ‘Reassessing “the Generation Gap”: Bill Haley’s 1957 Tour of Britain, Inter-Generational Relations and Attitudes to Rock 'n' Roll in the late 1950s,’ 20th British History, 24:4 (2013), 573-605

Nott, James, Music for the People: Popular Music and Dance in Interwar Britain (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2002)

Spurr, Geoffrey, ‘The London YMCA: a haven of self-improvement and socialization for the late Victorian and Edwardian clerk’, Canadian Journal of History 37:2 (2002), 135-152.

Tebbutt, Melanie, Being Boys: Youth, Leisure and Identity in the Inter-War Years (Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2014)

Tinkler, Penny, ‘Teenagers, photography and self-fashioning: 1956-1965’ in E. Rappaport, S.T. Dawson & M.J. Crowley (eds), Consuming Behaviours: Identity, Politics and Pleasure in 20th Britain (London: Bloomsbury, 2015)

Todd, Selina, ‘Breadwinners and Dependants: Working-Class Young People in England, 1918-1955’, International Review of Social History 52 (2007), 57-87

Todd, Selina, “Young Women, Work, and Leisure in Interwar England”, The Historical Journal, 48:3 (2005), 789-809

Wills, Abigail, ‘Delinquency, Masculinity and Citizenship in England 1950-1970'. Past & Present 187 (2005), 157-85

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WEEK 8: SPORTS AND LEISURE

Set readings

Horwood, Catherine, “‘Girls Who Arouse Dangerous Passions’: Women and Bathing, 1900-39”, Women’s History Review, 9 (2000), 653-73

Johnes, Martin, ‘Pigeon racing and working-class culture in Britain, c.1870-1950’, Cultural and Social History, 4:3 (2007), 361-383

Taylor, Matthew, ‘The People’s Game and the People’s War: Football, Class and Nation in Wartime Britain, 1939-1945’, Historical Social Research, 40:4 (2015), 270-297 Available online

Further readings

Beaven, Brad, Leisure, citizenship and working-class men in Britain, 1850-1945 (Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2005)

Bebber, Brett, Leisure and Culture Conflict in Twentieth-Century Britain (Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2016)

Campbell, J. D. ‘The Army Isn’t All Work’: Physical Culture and the Evolution of the British Army, 1860-1920 (Burlington: Ashgate, 2012)

Crewe, Steven, ‘What About the Workers? Works-based Sport and Recreation in England c.1918-c.1970,’ Sport in History, 34 (2014), 544-568

Davies, Andrew, Leisure, Gender and Poverty: Working-Class Culture in Salford and Manchester, 1900-1939 (Buckingham: Open University Press, 1992), chapter 6

Defrates, Lewis, ‘‘Five goals, no boots’: an interrogation of the politics, play and racialised athleticism of late colonial football tours to England, 1949-1959’, Sports in History, 38:4 (2018), 476-506

Jennings, Rebecca, ‘The Gateways Club and the Emergence of a Post-Second World War Lesbian Subculture’, Social History, 31:2 (2006), 206-225

Johnes, Martin, ‘Hooligans and Barrackers: Crowd Disorder and Soccer in South Wales, c.1906-39’, Soccer & Society, 1:2 (2000), 19-35

Johnes, Martin, ‘Poor man's cricket’: baseball, class and community in south Wales c.1880–1950’, The International Journal of the History of Sport, 17:4 (2000), 153-166

Langhamer, Claire, Women's Leisure in England 1920-60 (Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2000)

Macrae, Eilidh H.R., ‘Exercise and education: facilities for the young female body in Scotland, 1930–1960’, History of Education, 41:6 (2012), 749-769

Macrae, Eilidh H.R., ‘Risky or Relaxing? Exercise during Pregnancy in Britain, c.1930-1960’, Women’s History Review, 24:5 (2015), 739-756

Matthews, Jill, ‘They Had Such a Lot of Fun: The Women's League of Health and Beauty between the Wars’, History Workshop, 30 (1990), 22-54

Russell, Dave, ‘Interesting and Instructive Reading? FA book for boys and culture of boyhood, 1945-73,’ Journal of Sport History, 43:2, (2007), 231-252 OCR REQUESTED BY LIBRARY (IK 29/10/2019) 

Skillen, Fiona, ‘Preventing ‘robotised women workers’: women, sport and the workplace in Scotland 1919-1939’, Labor History, 55:5 (2014), 594-606

Smith, Adrian, ‘Cars, Cricket and Alf Smith: The Place of Works-Based Sports and Social Clubs in the Life of Mid-Twentieth-Century Coventry’, International Journal of the History of Sport, 19:1 (2002), 137-150

Tananbaum, Susan, ‘Ironing out the Ghetto Bend: Sports and the Making of British Jews’, Journal of Sport History, 31:1 (2004), 53-75 OCR REQUESTED BY LIBRARY (IK 29/10/2019) 

Tebbutt, Melanie, ‘Rambling and manly identity in Derbyshire’s Dark Peak, 1880s-1920s’, Historical Journal, 49:4 (2006), 1125-1153

Toms, David, ‘The Electric Hare: Greyhound Racing’s Development in Ireland, 1927–58’, Irish Economic and Social History, 40 (2013), 69-85

Zweiniger-Bargielowska, Ina, ‘Building a British Superman: Physical Culture in Interwar Britain’, Journal of Contemporary History, 41:4 (2006), 595-610

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WEEK 9: LOVE AND COURTSHIP

Set readings

Gurney, Peter, “‘Intersex’ and ‘Dirty Girls’: Mass-Observation and Working-Class Sexuality in England in the 1930s”, Journal of the History of Sexuality, 8:2 (1997), 256-290

Langhamer, Claire, The English in Love: The intimate story of an emotional revolution (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2013), chapter 4

Smith, Helen, ‘Love, Sex, Work and Friendship: northern, Working-Class Men and Sexuality in the First Half of the Twentieth Century’, in Alana Harris and Timothy Willem Jones (eds.), Love and Romance in Britain, 1918-1970 (Basingstoke: Palgrave, 2015), pp.61-81

Further readings

Bland, Lucy, 'Interracial Relationships and the "Brown Baby Question": Black GIs, White British Women and their Mixed Race Offspring in World War II', Journal of the History of Sexuality 26:3 (2017), 424-453

Carden-Coyne, Ana, and Laura Doan, “Gender and Sexuality”, in Suzan R. Grayzel and Tammy M. Proctor (eds.), Gender and the Great War (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2017), pp. 91-114

Giles, Judy, ‘”Playing Hard to Get”: Working-Class Women, Sexuality and Respectability in Britain, 1918-1940’, Women’s History Review, 1:2 (1992), pp.239-255

Harris, Alana, and Timothy Willem Jones (eds.), Love and Romance in Britain, 1918-1970 (Basingstoke: Palgrave, 2015)

Houlbrook, Matt, Queer London: Perils and Pleasures in the Sexual Metropolis, 1918-1957 (University of Chicago Press, 2005)

Jamieson, Lynn, ‘Changing Intimacy: Seeking and Forming Couple Relationships’, in Lynn Abrams and Callum Brown (eds), A History of Everyday Life in Twentieth-Century Scotland (Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2010), pp.76-103 

Jennings, Rebecca, A Lesbian History of Britain: Love and Sex between Women since 1500 (Oxford: Greenwood, 2007)

Langhamer, Claire, ‘Love, Selfhood and Authenticity in Post-War Britain’, Cultural and Social History 9:2 (2012), 277-97

Langhamer, Claire, ‘Everyday Advice on Everyday Love: Romantic Expertise in Mid-twentieth Century Britain’, Homme: Zeitschrift für Feministische Geschichtswissenschaft, 24:1 (2013), 35-52

Langhamer, Claire, ‘Love and Courtship in Mid-Twentieth-Century England’, Historical Journal 50:1 (2007), 173-196

Szreter, Simon, and Kate Fisher, Sex before the sexual revolution: Intimate life in England 1918-1963 (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2010), chapter 4

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WEEK 10: WORK AND THE WORKPLACE

Set readings

Delap, Lucy, ‘Kitchen-Sink Laughter: Domestic Service Humor in Twentieth-Century Britain’, Journal of British Studies 49:3 (2010), 623-654

Hayes, Nick, ‘Did Manual Workers Want Industrial Welfare? Canteens, Latrines and Masculinity on British Building Sites 1918–1970’, Journal of Social History, 35:3 (2002), 637-658

McCarthy, Helen, ‘Women, marriage and paid work in post-war Britain’, Women’s History Review, 26:1 (2017), 46-61

Further readings

Ayers, Pat, ‘Work, culture and gender: the making of masculinities in post-war Liverpool', Labour History Review 69:2 (2004), 153-67

Baron, Ava, ‘Masculinity, the embodied male worker and the historian’s gaze’, International Labor and Working Class History, 69 (2006), 143-160

Bourke, Joanna, Working-Class Cultures in Britain, 1890-1960 (London: Routledge, 1994), chapter 4

Bressey, Caroline, ‘Looking for Work: The Black Presence in Britain 1860-1920’, Immigrants and Minorities, 28:2-3 (2010), 164-82

Cox, Pamela, ‘Shop Girls, Social History and Social Theory’, Revista Brasileira de Historia, 37:75 (2017), 1-26

Delap, Lucy, Knowing Their Place: Domestic Service in Twentieth Century Britain (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2011)

Glew, Helen, Gender, Rhetoric and Regulation: Women’s Work in the Civil Service and the London County Council, 1900-1955 (Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2016)   

Langhamer, Claire, ‘Feelings, Women and Work in the Long 1950s’, Women’s History Review 26:1 (2016), 77-92

McIvor, Arthur, ‘The Realities and Narratives of Paid Work: The Scottish Workplace’, in Lynn Abrams and Callum Brown (eds), A History of Everyday Life in Twentieth-Century Scotland (Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2010), pp.103-131

Paterson, Laura, ‘‘I didn’t feel like my own person’: paid work in women’s narratives of self and working motherhood, 1950-80’, Contemporary British History, 33:3 (2019), 405-26

Robb, Linsey, Men at Work: The Working Man in British Culture, 1939 – 1945 (Palgrave Macmillan, 2015)

Robb, Linsey, ‘”His own weapons to his own battlefront”: the civilian working man in British culture, 1939 - 1945’ in W. Ugolini and J. Pattinson (eds), Fighting for Britain?: Negotiating Identities in Britain during the Second World War (Bern: Peter Lang, 2015)

Roper, Mike, Masculinity and the British Organization Man Since 1945 (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1994)

Saunders, Jack, ‘The untraditional worker: class re-formation in Britain, 1945-65’, Twentieth-Century British History, 26: 2 (2015), 225-248

Savage, Mike, ‘Working-Class Identities in the 1960s: Revisiting the Affluent Worker Study’, Sociology 39 (2005), 929-946

Smith, Helen, Masculinity, Class and Same Sex Desire in Industrial England, 1895-1957 (Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2015)

Smith-Wilson, Dolly, ‘A new look at the affluent worker: the good working mother in post-war Britain’, Twentieth-Century British History, 17 (2006), 206-29

Summerfield, Penny, Women Workers in the Second World War: Production and Patriarchy in Conflict (London: Routledge, 1989)

Todd, Selina, The People: the Rise and fall of the Working Class, 1910-2010 (London: John Murray, 2014)

Wright, Valerie, ‘A woman’s industry? The role of women in the workforce of the Dundee jute industry c.1945-1979’, International Journal of Management Concepts and Philosophy, 8:2/3 (2014), 110-125 Available as an Online Course Reading in Minerva 

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WEEK 11: FOOD AND DRINK

Set readings

Clarke, Ben, ‘”The Poor Man’s Club”: The Middle Classes, the Public House, and the Idea of Community in the Nineteen-Thirties’, Mosaic: an interdisciplinary critical journal, 45:2 (2012), 39-54

Levene, Alysa, ‘The Meanings of Margarine in England: Class, Consumption and Material Culture from 1918 to 1953’, Contemporary British History, 28 (2014), 145-65

Zweiniger Bargielowska, Ina, Austerity in Britain: Rationing, Controls, and Consumption, 1939-1955 (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2000), pp.60-87

Further readings

Alexander, Andrew, et. al. ‘The Co-Creation of a Retail Innovation: shoppers and the early supermarket in Britain’, Enterprise & Society, 10:3 (2009), 529-558

Buss, David H., ‘The British diet since the end of food rationing’, in Catherine Giessler and Derek Oddy (eds), Food, Diet and Economic Change Past and Present (Leicester: Leicester University Press, 1993), pp. 121-132  

Burnett, John, Liquid Pleasures: a social history of drinks in modern Britain (London: Routledge, 1999)

Cooke, Anthony, A History of Drinking: The Scottish Pub since 1700 (Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2015)  

Fisher, Fiona, and Rebecca Preston, ‘Light, airy and open: the design and use of the suburban public-house garden in England between the wars’, Studies in the History of Gardens and Designed Landscapes 39:1 (2019), 5-21

Gutzke, David, Women Drinking out in Britain since the early twentieth century (Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2013)  

Gutzke, David, Pubs and Progressives: Reinventing the Public House in England, 1896-1960 (North Illinois Univesity Press, 2006)  

Hall, Richard, ‘Being a Man, Being a Member: Masculinity and Community in Britain's Working Men's Clubs 1945-1960’, Cultural and Social History, 14:1 (2016), 73-88

Hamlett, Jane, et al, ‘Ethnicity and Consumption: South Asian food shopping patterns in Britain, 1947-75’, Journal of Consumer Culture, 8:1 (2008), 91-116

Jennings, Paul, ‘Mass Observation’s The Pub and the People’, in Robert Snape and Helen Pussard (eds), Recording Leisure Lives: histories, archives and memories of leisure in twentieth-century Britain (Leisure Studies Association, 2009)

Johnston, James, A Hundred Years Eating: Food, Drink, and the Daily Diet in Britain Since the Late Nineteenth Century (Dublin: Gill and Macmillan, 1977)

Langhamer, Claire, ‘“A public house is for all classes, men and women alike": women, leisure and drink in Second World War England’, Women’s History Review, 2:3 (2003), 423-44

Nicholls, James, The politics of alcohol: a history of the drink question in England (Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2011)  

Oddy, Derek, ‘The Revival of Choice: Food technology, retailing and eating in postwar Britain’ in D. Oddy, From Plain Fare to Fusion Food: British Diet from the 1890s to the 1990s (Woodbridge: Boydell and Brewer, 2003), pp.169-200  

Oddy, Derek, ‘The Stop-Go Era: Restoring Food Choice in Britain after World War II’, in D. Oddy et al, The rise of obesity in Europe: a twentieth century food history (Ashgate, 2009), pp. 59-76  

Panayi, Panikos, Spicing up Britain: the multicultural history of British food (London: Reaktion, 2008)

Vernon, James, Hunger: a Modern History (Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 2007), especially chapters 5 & 6

Vernon, James, ‘The Ethics of Hunger and the Assembly of Society: The Techno-Politics of the School Meal in Modern Britain’, American Historical Review 110:3 (2005), pp.693-725

Walton, John, Fish and Chips, and the British Working Class, 1870-1940 (Leicester: Leicester University Press, 1992)

Yeomans, Henry, Alcohol and Moral Regulations: Public Attitudes, Spirited Measures and Victorian Hangovers (Bristol: The Policy Press, 2014)

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WEEK 12: SEX AND MARRIAGE

Set readings

Bingham, Adrian, ‘The “K-Bomb”: social surveys, the popular press and British sexual culture in the 1940s and 1950s’, Journal of British Studies 50:1 (2011), pp.156-179

Finch, Janet, and Penny Summerfield, ‘Social Reconstruction and the Emergence of Companionate Marriage, 1945-59’, in D. Clark (ed.), Marriage, Domestic Life and Social Change (London: Routledge, 1991), pp.7-32

Szreter, Simon, and Kate Fisher, Sex before the sexual revolution: Intimate life in England 1918-1963 (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2010), chapter 5 or 8

Further readings

Abrams, Lynn, ‘”There is Many a Thing That Can Be Done with Money”: Women, Barter, and Autonomy in a Scottish Fishing Community in the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries’, Signs 37:3 (2012), 602-609

Abrams, Lynn, ‘A wartime family romance: narratives of masculinity and intimacy during World War Two’, in L. Abrams and E. Ewans (eds), Nine Centuries of Man: Manhood and Masculinities in Scottish History (Edinburgh University Press, 2017), pp.160-179

Bingham, Adrian, Family Newspapers? Sex, Private Life, and the British Popular Press 1918-1978 (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2009)

Bingham, Adrian, ‘Problem pages and British sexual culture, c. 1930s to 1970s’, Media History, 18:1 (2012), 51-63

Brooke, Stephen, ‘Bodies, Sexuality, and the “Modernization” of the British Working Class, 1920s to 1960s’, International Labor and Working-Class History, 69 (2006), 104-122

Buettner, Elizabeth, ‘Would you let your daughter marry a Negro?’: Race and Sex in 1950s Britain’ in Philippa Levine and Susan R. Grayzel (eds.), Gender, Labour, War and Empire: Essays on Modern Britain (2008)

Collins, Marcus, ‘The Pornography of Permissiveness: Men’s Sexuality and Women’s Emancipation in Mid-Twentieth Century Britain’, History Workshop Journal, 47 (1999), 99-120

Cook, Hera, The Long Sexual Revolution: English Women, Sex, and Contraception 1800-1975 (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2004)

Cook, Matt, Queer Domesticities: Homosexuality and Home Life in Twentieth Century London (2014)

Fisher, Kate, ‘“She was quite satisfied with the arrangements I made”: Gender and Birth Control in Britain 1920-1950’, Past and Present 169 (2000), 161-93

Gordon, Eleanor, ‘Irregular marriage and cohabitation in Scotland, 1855-1939: Official policy and popular practice’, Historical Journal, 58:4 (2015), 1059-1079

Gallwey, April, ‘Love Beyond the Frame: Stories of Maternal Love outside Marriage in the 1950s and 1960s’ in A. Harris and T.W. Jones (eds), Love and Romance in Britain, 1918-1970 (Basingstoke: Palgrave, 2015), pp.100-123

Hall, Lesley, Sex, Gender and Social Change in Britain since 1880 (Basingstoke: Palgrave, 2000)

Hall, Lesley, Hidden Anxieties: Male Sexuality 1900-1950 (Cambridge: Polity Press, 1991)

Holden, Katherine, The shadow of marriage: singleness in England, 1914-60 (Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2007)

Jones, Timothy, ‘Moral Welfare and Social Well-Being: The Church of England and the Emergence of Modern Homosexuality’, in L. Delap and S. Morgan (eds), Men, Masculinities and Religious Change in Twentieth-Century Britain (Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2013), pp.197-217

Langhamer, Claire, ‘Adultery in post-war England,’ History Workshop Journal, 62 (2006), 86-115 Available online

McCray Beier, Lucinda, “‘We Were Green as Grass’: Learning about Sex and Reproduction in Three Working-Class Lancashire Communities, 1900-1970”, Social History of Medicine, 16:3 (2003), 461-480

Meek, Jeffrey, ‘”That Class of Men”: Effeminacy, Sodomy and Failed Masculinities in Inter- and Post-War Scotland’, in L. Abrams, and E. Ewan (eds.), Nine Centuries of Man: Manhood and Masculinities in Scottish History (Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2017)

Mort, Frank, Capital Affairs: London and the making of the Permissive Society (New Haven: Yale University Press, 2010)

Porter, Kevin, and Jeffrey Weeks (eds), Between the Acts: Lives of Homosexual Men, 1885-1967 (London: Routledge, 1990)

Smith, Helen, Masculinity, Class and Same-Sex Desire in Industrial England, 1895-1957 (Basingstoke: Palgrave, 2015)

Smith, Helen, ‘Working-Class Ideas and Experiences of Sexuality in Twentieth-Century Britain: Regionalism as a Category of Analysis’, Twentieth Century British History, 29:1 (2018), 58-78

Stanley, Liz, Sex Surveyed, 1949-1994: From Mass-Observation's "Little Kinsey" to the National Survey and The Hite Reports (London: Taylor and Francis, 1995)

Weeks, Jeffrey, Sex, Politics and Society: the Regulation of Sexuality since 1800 (London: Longman, 1981)

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WEEK 13: PREGNANCY AND CHILDBIRTH

Set readings

McCray Beier, Lucinda, “Expertise and Control: Childbearing in Three Twentieth-Century Working-Class Lancashire Communities”, Bulletin of the History of Medicine, 78 (2004), 379-409

McIntosh, Tania, A Social History of Maternity and Childbirth: Key Themes in Maternity Care (London: Routledge, 2012), chapter 3, pp.45-73   Available as an Online Course Reading in Minerva 

Further readings

Brookes, Barbara, Abortion in England, 1900-1967 (London: Routledge, 2013)

Dale, Pamela, and Kate Fisher, “Contrasting Municipal Responses to the Provision of Birth Control Services in Halifax and Exeter before 1948”, Social History of Medicine, 23:3 (2010), 567-585

Davis, Angela, “A Revolution in Maternity Care? Women and the Maternity Services, Oxfordshire, c.1948-1974”, Social History of Medicine, 24:2 (2011), 389-406

Evans, Tanya, ‘The Other Woman and her Child: extra-marital affairs and illegitimacy in twentieth-century Britain’, Women’s History Review, 2:1 (2011), 47-65

Fisher, Kate, Birth Control, Sex and Marriage in Britain, 1918-1960 (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2006)

Frost, Ginger, ‘‘‘The Black Lamb of the Black Sheep’’: Illegitimacy in the English Working Class, 1850-1939’, Journal of Social History, 37 (2003), 293–32

King, Laura, ‘Hiding in the Pub to Cutting the Cord? Men’s presence at childbirth in Britain c.1940s-2000s’, Social History of Medicine30:2 (2017), 389-407

McCray Beier, Lucinda, For Their Own Good: The Transformation of English Working Class Health Culture, 1880-1970 (Colombus: Ohio State University, 2008), chapter 6 – available online: http://onlinebooks.library.upenn.edu/webbin/book/lookupname?key=Beier%2C%20Lucinda%20McCray

McIntosh, Tania, “‘An Abortionist City’: Maternal Mortality, Abortion and Birth Control in Sheffield, 1920-1940”, Medical History, 44 (2000), 75-96

Rowold, Katharina, ‘Modern Mothers, Modern Babies: Breastfeeding and Mother’s Milk in Interwar Britain’, Women’s History Review (early access)

Thane, Pat, and Tanya Evans, Sinners? Scroungers? Saints? Unmarried Motherhood in Twentieth-Century England (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2012)

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WEEK 14: THE HOME AND FAMILY LIFE

Set readings

Guyan, Kevin, ‘Masculinities, Planning Knowledge and Domestic Space in Britain, c.1941-1961’ (unpublished PhD thesis, University College London, 2016), pp.176-207 & 212-215 Available online

Langhamer, Claire, ‘The meanings of home in postwar Britain,’ Journal of Contemporary History 40 (2005), 341-362

Further readings

Abrams, Lynn, Linda Fleming, Barry Hazley, Valerie Wright and Ade Kearns, ‘Isolated and dependent: women and children in high rise social housing in post-war Glasgow’, Women’s History Review, 28:5 (2019), 794-813

Abrams, Lynn, ‘“There was Nobody like my Daddy”: Fathers, the Family and the Marginalisation of Men in Modern Scotland’, Scottish Historical Review, 78:2 (1999), 219-42

Brooke, Stephen, ‘Gender and Working Class Identity in Britain during the 1950s,’ Journal of Social History 34:4 (2001), 773-795

Cohen, Deborah, Family Secrets; Living with Shame from the Victorians to the Present Day (London: Penguin, 2013)

Davis, Angela, Modern Motherhood: Women and Family in England c. 1945-2000 (Manchester University Press, 2012)

Francis, Martin, ‘A Flight from Commitment? Domesticity, Adventure and the Masculine Imaginary in Britain after the Second World War’, Gender & History, 19:1 (2007), 163-185

Harris, Alana, Faith in the Family: a lived religious history of English Catholicism, 1945-82 (Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2013)

King, Laura, Family Men: Fatherhood and Masculinity in Britain, 1914-1960 (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2014)

King, Laura, ‘Now You See a Great Many Men Pushing their Pram Proudly': Family-Orientated Masculinity Represented and Experienced in Mid-Twentieth-Century Britain’, Cultural and Social History 10:4 (2013), 599-617

McCarthy, Helen, ‘Women, marriage and paid work in post-war Britain’, Women’s History Review, 26:1 (2017), 46-61

Peretz, Elizabeth, “The Costs of Modern Motherhood to Low Income Families in Interwar Britain”, in Valerie Fildes, Lara Marks and Hilary Marland (eds.), Women and Children First: International Maternal and Infant Welfare, 1870-1945 (London: Routledge, 1992), pp.257-281

Scott, Peter, The Making of the Modern British Home: The Suburban Semi and Family Life between the Wars (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2013), chapter 6

Smith-Wilson, Dolly, ‘A new look at the affluent worker: the good working mother in post-war Britain’ Twentieth-Century British History 17 (2006), 206-29

Strange, Julie-Marie, ‘Fathers at Home: Life Writing and Late-Victorian and Edwardian Plebeian Domestic Masculinities’, Gender & History, 27:3 (2015), 703-717

Strange, Julie-Marie, Fatherhood and the British Working Class, 1865-1914 (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2015)

Zmroczek, Christine, ‘Dirty Linen: Women, Class, and Washing Machines, 1920s-1960s’, Women’s Studies International Forum 15:2 (1992), 173-185

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WEEK 15: RELIGION AND FAITH

Set readings

Ansari, Humayun, The Infidel Within: Muslims in Britain Since 1800 (London: Hurst & Co., 2004), pp.92-107    

Heyck, Thomas, ‘The Decline of Christianity in Twentieth-Century Britain’, Albion, 28:3 (1996), 437-453

Kushner, Tony, ‘Jew and non-Jew in the East End of London: towards an anthropology of “everyday” relations’, in G. Alderman and C. Holmes (eds), Outsiders and Outcasts (London: Duckworth, 1993), pp.32-52   Available as an Online Course Reading in Minerva 

Further readings

Brady, Sean, ‘Why Examine Men, Masculinities and Religion in Northern Ireland?’, in Lucy Delap and Sue Morgan (eds), Men, Masculinities and Religious Change in Twentieth-Century Britain (Palgrave Macmillan, 2013), pp.218-251

Brown, Callum, ‘Spectacle, Restraint and the Sabbath Wars: The “Everyday” Scottish Sunday’, in Lynn Abrams and Callum Brown (eds), A History of Everyday Life in Twentieth-Century Scotland (Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2010), pp.153-181

Brown, Callum, The Death of Christian Britain: Understanding Secularisation 1800-2000 (London: Second edition, Routledge, 2009)

Brown, Callum, Religion and Society in Twentieth-Century Britain (Harlow: Pearson Longman, 2006)

Brown, Callum, Religion and Society in Scotland since 1707 (Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 1997)

Falby, Alison, ‘Buddhist Psychologies and Masculinity in Early Twentieth-Century Britain’, in Lucy Delap and Sue Morgan (eds), Men, Masculinities and Religious Change in Twentieth-Century Britain (Palgrave Macmillan, 2013), pp.30-52

Field, Clive, ‘Keeping the Spiritual Home Fires Burning: Religious Belonging in Britain during the First World War’, War and Society 33:4 (2014), 244-268

Gildart, Keith, ‘Séance Sitters, Ghost Hunters, Spiritualists, and Theosophists: Esoteric Belief and Practice in the British Parliamentary Labour Party, c.1929–51’, Twentieth Century British History 29:3 (2018), 357-387

Green, Simon, The Passing of Protestant England: Secularisation and Social Change c.1920-1960 (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2010)

Harris, Alana, Faith in the Family: a lived religious history of English Catholicism, 1945-82 (Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2013)

Harris, Alana, ‘“A Paradise on Earth, a Foretaste of Heaven”: English Catholic Understandings of Domesticity and Marriage, 1945-1965’, in Lucy Delap, Ben Griffin and Abigail Wills (eds), The Politics of Domestic Authority in Britain since 1800 (London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2009), pp.155-81

Jenkins, Timothy, Religion in English Everyday Life: an Ethnographic Approach (New York: Berghahn Books, 1999)

Koven, Seth, ‘The “Sticky Sediment” of Daily Life: Radical Domesticity, Revolutionary Christianity, and the Problem of Wealth in Britain from the 1880s to the 1930s’, Representations 120:1 (2012), 39-82

Mukherjee, Sumita, ‘The Emergence of a British Hindu Identity between 1936 and 1937’, in Lucy Delap and Sue Morgan (eds), Men, Masculinities and Religious Change in Twentieth-Century Britain (Palgrave Macmillan, 2013), pp.146-167

Schaffer, Gavin, ‘Unmasking the ‘muscle Jew’: the Jewish soldier in British War Service, 1899-1945’, Patterns of Prejudice 46:3/4 (2012), 375-96

Sondy, Amanullah, ‘British Pakistani Masculinities: Longing and Belonging’, in Lucy Delap and Sue Morgan (eds), Men, Masculinities and Religious Change in Twentieth-Century Britain (Palgrave Macmillan, 2013), pp.252-278

Wolffe, John, God and Greater Britain: religion and national life in Britain and Ireland, 1843-1945 (London: Routledge, 1994)

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WEEK 16: NEIGHBOURHOODS AND COMMUNITIES

Set readings

Lammers, Benjamin, ‘The Birth of the East Ender: Neighbourhood and Local Indentity in Interwar East London’, Journal of Social History, 39:2 (2005), 331-344

Waters, Chris, ‘Representations of Everyday Life: L.S. Lowry and the Landscape of Memory in Postwar Britain,’ Representations, 65 (1999), 121-50

Further readings

Barron, Hester, The 1926 Miners’ Lockout: Meanings of Community in the Durham Coalfield (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2009)

Bell, Colin, and Howard Newby, Community Studies: an introduction to the sociology of the local community (Allen and Unwin, 1971)

Bourke, Joanna, Working-Class Cultures in Britain: Gender, Class and Ethnicity (London: Routledge, 1994), chapter 5

Conway, Hazel, ‘Everyday Landscapes: Public parks from 1930 to 2000’, Garden History, 28:1 (2000), 117-134

Crow, Graham, and Graham Allan, Community Life: An Introduction to Local Social Relations (London: Routledge, 1994)

Dennis, Norman, ‘The popularity of the neighbourhood community idea’ in Ray Pahl (ed.), Readings in Urban Sociology (Pergamon, 1968)

Faire, Lucy, and Denise McHugh, ‘The Everyday Usage of City-Centre Streets: Urban Behaviour in Provincial Britain c.1930-1970’, Urban History Review, 42:4 (2014), 18-28

Goulbourne, Harry, Race Relations in Britain Since 1945 (Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 1998)

Goulbourne, Harry, Ethnicity and Nationalism in Post-Imperial Britain (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1991)

Hamilton, Peter, ‘The street and everyday life’, in Tony Bennett and Diane Watson (eds), Understanding Everyday Life (Oxford: Blackwell, 2002), pp.91-138

Hammett, Jessica, ‘“The invisible chain by which all are bound to each other”: Civil Defence Magazines and the Development of Community during the Second World War’, Journal of War and Culture Studies 11:2 (2018), 117-135

Hanley, Lynsey, Estates: an Intimate History (London: Granta Books, 2012)

Jones, Ben, The Working Class in mid-Twentieth Century England: Community, Identity and Social Memory (Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2012)  

Lawrence, Jon, Me, Me, Me: The Search for Community in Post-War England (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2019)  

Massey, Doreen, ‘The conceptualisation of place’ in D. Massey & P. Jess (eds) A Place in the World?: places, cultures and globalization (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1995)

Moran, Joe, ‘“Subtopias of Good Intentions”: Everyday Landscapes in Postwar Britain’, Cultural and Social History, 4:3 (2007), 401-21

Moran, Joe, ‘Imagining the Street in Postwar Britain’, Urban History 39:1 (2012), pp.166-86

Pahl, Ray, On Friendship (Cambridge: Polity Press, 2000)

Pahl, Ray, ‘Are All Communities in the Mind?’, Sociological Review (2005), 621-40

Ramsden, Stefan, ‘Remaking Working-Class Community: Sociability, Belonging and “Affluence” in a Small Town, 1930-1980’, Contemporary British History 29:1 (2015), 1-26

Savage, Mike, Identities and Social Change in Britain since 1940: the politics of method (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2010)

Searle, Kevin, ‘Before Notting Hill: The Causeway Green ‘Riots’ of 1949’, in Hakim Adi (ed.), Black British History: New Perspectives (Zed Books, 2019)

Snell, K.D.M., Parish and Belonging: Community, Identity and Welfare in England and wales, 1700-1950 (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2006)

Spencer, Liz, and Ray Pahl, Rethinking Friendship: Hidden Solidarities Today (Princeton University Press, 2006)

Tebbutt, Melanie, Women’s Talk?: a Social History of Gossip in Working-Class Neighbourhoods, 1880-1960 (Aldershot: Ashgate, 1995)

Todd, Selina, 'Phoenix Rising: Working-Class Life and Urban Reconstruction, c. 1945-1967' Journal of British Studies 54:3 (2015), 679-702

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WEEK 17: AGEING AND DEATH

Set readings

Greenhalgh, Charlotte, Aging in Twentieth-Century Britain (University of California Press, 2018), chapter 2, pp.46-77   OCR REQUESTED BY LIBRARY (IK 25/10/2019) 

Jalland, Pat, ‘Bereavement in the English Family 1850-1980: exploring change overtime’, Family Science, 4:1 (2013), 4-11 Available as an Online Course Reading in Minerva 

Thane, Pat, ‘Old Women in Twentieth-Century Britain’, in Lynn Botelho, and Pat Thane (eds.), Women and Ageing in British Society since 1500 (Harlow: Pearson Education, 2001), pp.207-232   Available as an Online Course Reading in Minerva 

Further readings

Clark, David, ‘Cradled to the Grave? Terminal care in the United Kingdom, 1948-67’, Mortality, 4:3 (1999), 225-247

Greenhalgh, Charlotte, ‘Love in later life: Old age, marriage and social research in mid-twentieth-century Britain’ in A. Harris and T. Willem Jones, Love and Romance in Britain, 1918-1970 (Basingstoke: Palgrave, 2015), pp.144-160

Hussey, Stephen, “‘An Inheritance of Fear’: Older Women in the Twentieth-Century Countryside”, in Lynn Botelho, and Pat Thane (eds.), Women and Ageing in British Society since 1500 (Harlow: Pearson Education, 2001), pp.186-206

Jalland, Pat, Death in War and Peace: A history of loss and grief in England, 1914-1970 (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2010)

McFarland, Elaine, ‘Passing Time: Cultures of Death and Mourning’, in Lynn Abrams and Callum Brown (eds), A History of Everyday Life in Twentieth-Century Scotland (Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2010), pp.254-282

Noakes, Lucy, ‘Gender, Grief, and Bereavement in Second World War Britain’, Journal of War and Culture Studies 8:1 (2015), 72-85

Schmidt, Susanne, ‘The Feminist Origins of the Midlife Crisis’, The Historical Journal, 61:2 (2018), 503-523

Thane, Pat, The Long History of Old Age (London: Thames & Hudson, 2005)

Thane, Pat, ‘Social Histories of Old Age and Aging’, Journal of Social History, 37:1 (2003), 93-111

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WEEK 18: LOOKING BEYOND ELITES

Set readings

Abrams, Lynn, ‘Revisiting Akenfield: forty years of an iconic text’, Oral History, 37:1 (2009), 33-42 Available online

Butler, Lise, ‘Michael Young, the Institute of Community Studies, and the Politics of Kinship’ Twentieth Century British History 26:2 (2015), 203-24

Jones, Ben “The Uses of Nostalgia: Autobiography, Community Publishing and Working Class Neighbourhoods in Post-War England,” Cultural and Social History, 7:3 (2010), 355–74

Further readings

Abrams, Lynn, Oral History Theory (Routledge, 2016)

Bulmer, Martin, ‘The development of sociology and of empirical social research in Britain’ in Martin Bulmer (ed.), Essays on the history of British sociological research (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1985), pp.3-36

Bulmer, Martin, Kevin Bales & K.K. Sklar, The Social Survey in Historical Perspective, 1880-1940 (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1991)

Bulmer, Martin, ‘Sociology in Britain in the twentieth century: differentiation and establishment’ in A.H. Halsey and W.G. Runciman (eds), British Sociology seen from without and within (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2005)

Davis, Angela, ‘A critical perspective on British social surveys and community studies and their accounts of married life, c.1945-1970’, Cultural and Social History 6:1 (2009), 47-64

Etter-Lewis, Gwendolyn, “Black Women’s Life Stories: Reclaiming Self in Narrative Texts”, in Sherna Gluck and Daphne Patai (eds), Women’s Words: the Feminist Practice of Oral History (London: Routledge, 1991)

Greenhalgh, Charlotte, ‘The travelling social survey: social research and its subjects in Britain, Austrailia and New Zealand, 1930s-70s’, History Australia 13:1 (2016), 124-138

Halsey, A.H., ‘Provincials and professionals: the British post-war sociologists’ in M. Bulmer (ed.), Essays on the history of British sociological research (1985), pp.151-64

Hinton, James, The Mass Observers: A History, 1937-1949 (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2013)

Hubble, Nick, Mass Observation and Everyday Life: culture, history, theory (Palgrave, 2006)

Lawrence, Jon, ‘Inventing the “Traditional Working Class”: A re-analysis of interview notes from Young and Willmott’s Family and Kinship in East London’, Historical Journal 59:2 (2016), 567-593

McCarthy, Helen, ‘Social Science and Married Women’s Employment in Post-War Britain’, Past & Present 233:1 (2016), 269-305

Platt, Jennifer, Social Research in Bethnal Green: an evaluation of the work of the Institute of Community Studies (Macmillan, 1971)

Roodhouse, Mark, ‘Observing the 1940s’, Twentieth-Century British History, 18:1 (2007), pp.134-39

Samuel, Raphael, People’s History and Socialist Theory (London: Routledge and Kegan Paul, 1981)

Savage, Mike, ‘Elizabeth Bott and the formation of modern British sociology’, The Sociological Review, 56:4 (2008), 579-605

Savage, Mike ‘Mass-Observation and Social Class’ (2014), available online: http://www.massobservation.amdigital.co.uk.ezphost.dur.ac.uk/essays/content/socialclass.aspx   

Stacey, Margaret, ‘The myth of community studies’, British Journal of Sociology, 20 (1969), 134–47

Taylor, Jennie, ‘Sex, snobs and swing: A case study of Mass-Observation as a source for social history’ (2014), available online: http://www.massobservation.amdigital.co.uk/FurtherResources/Essays/SexSnobsAndSwingACaseStudyOfMassObservationAsASourceForSocialHistory

Toogood, Mark, ‘Modern Observations: new ornithology and the science of ourselves, 1920-1940’, Journal of Historical Geography 37:3 (2011), 348-357

Willmott, Peter, ‘The Institute of Community Studies’ in M. Bulmer (ed.), Essays on the history of British sociological research (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1985), pp.137-50

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WEEK 19: GENDER HISTORY AND THE HISTORY OF CHILDHOOD

Set readings

Bornat, Joanna, and Hannah Diamond, “Women’s History and Oral History: Developments and Debates”, Women's History Review, 16:1 (2007), 19-39

Maynes, Mary Jo, ‘Age as a Category of Historical Analysis: History, Agency, and Narratives of Childhood’, The Journal of the History of Childhood and Youth, 1:1 (2008), 114-124

Stearns, Peter, ‘Challenges in the History of Childhood’, The Journal of the History of Childhood and Youth, 1:1 (2008), 35-42

Swindells, Julia, ‘Hanging Up On Mum or Questions of Everyday Life in the Writing of History’, Gender and History, 2:1 (1990), 68-78

Further readings

Barron, Hester, and Claire Langhamer, ‘Feeling through Practice: Subjectivity and Emotion in Children’s Writing’, Journal of Social History 51:1 (2017), 101-123

Baxter, Jane E., ‘The Archaeology of Childhood’, Annual Review of Anthropology, 37 (2008), 159-175

Francis, Martin, ‘The Domestication of the Male? Recent research on Nineteenth- and Twentieth-Century British Masculinity’, Historical Journal 45:3 (2002), 637-52

Gittins, Diana, The Child in Question (Basingstoke: Macmillan, 1998)

Harvey, Karen, and Alexandra Shepard, ‘What Have Historians Done with Masculinity? Reflections on Five Centuries of British History, circa 1500–1950’, Journal of British Studies 44 (2005), 274-80

Heywood, Colin, Childhood in Modern Europe (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2018)

Langhamer, Claire, ‘Mass-Observation and Histories of Women’, available online: http://www.massobservation.amdigital.co.uk.ezphost.dur.ac.uk/essays/content/HistoriesWomen.aspx   

Purvis, Jane (ed.), Women’s History in Britain, 1850-1945: An Introduction (London: Routledge, 2006)

Scott, Joan W., ‘Gender: A Useful Category of Historical Analysis’, The American Historical Review, 91:5 (1986), 1053-75

Sheridan, Dorothy, ‘Using the Mass-Observation Archive as a Source for Women’s Studies’, Women’s History Review, 3:1 (1994), 101-113

Thomson, Mathew, Lost Freedom: the Landscape of the Child and the British Post-War Settlement (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2013)

Tosh, John, ‘What Should Historians do with Masculinity? Reflections on Nineteenth Century Britain’, History Workshop Journal, 38 (1994), pp.179-202

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WEEK 20: QUESTIONING THE WHITE SUBJECT

Set readings

Bressey, Caroline, ‘Invisible Presence: The Whitening of the Black Community in the Historical Imagination of the British Archives’, Archivaria, 61 (2006), 47-61 Available online

Bressey, Caroline, ‘Geographies of Belonging: white women and black history’, Women's History Review, 22:4 (2013), 541-558

Waters, Rob, ‘Thinking Black: Peter Fryer's Staying Power and the Politics of Writing Black British History in the 1980s’, History workshop journal, 82 (2016), 104-120 Available online

Further readings

Andrews, Kehinde, and Lisa Amanda Palmer (eds), Blackness in Britain (London: Routledge, 2016)

Andrews, Kehinde, ‘The Black Studies Movement in Britain: Changing the nature, not just the face of the academy’, in J. Arday (ed.), Dismantling Race in Higher Education: Racism, Whiteness and Decolonising the Academy (London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2018), pp.271-289

Arnesen, Eric, ‘Whiteness and the Historian’s Imagination’, International Labor and Working-Class History, 60 (2011), 3-32

Bressey, Caroline, ‘Race, antiracism, and the place of blackness in the Making and remaking of the English Working Class’, Historical Reflections 41:1 (2015), 70-82 OCR REQUESTED BY LIBRARY (IK 30/10/2019) 

Connell, Kieran, ‘Photographing Handsworth: photography, meaning and identity in a British inner city,’ Patterns of Prejudice, 46:2 (2012) 128-153

Dabydeen, David, John Gilmore and Cecily Jones (eds), The Oxford Companion to Black British History (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2007)

Eddo-Lodge, Reni, Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race (London: Bloomsbury, 2017)

Fryer, Peter, Staying Power: the History of Black People in Britain (London: Pluto, 1984)

Gilroy, Paul, There Ain’t No Black in the Union Jack (University of Chicago Press, 1992)

Korte, Barbara, and Eva Ulrike Pirker, Black History, White History: Britain’s Historical Programme between Windrush and Wilberforce (Bielefeld: Transcript, 2011)

Perry, Kennetta, London is the Place for Me: Black Britons, Citizenship, and the Politics of Race (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2015)

Said, Edward, Orientalism (Pantheon Books, 1978)

Trouillot, Michel-Rolph, Silencing the Past: Power and the Production of History (Beacon Press, 1995)

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WEEK 21: HISTORIES OF OBJECTS, EMOTIONS, AND SENSES

Set readings

Barclay, Katie, ‘Falling in Love with the Dead’, Rethinking History, 22:4 (2018), 459-473

Doolittle, Megan, ‘Time, Space and Memories: The Father’s Chair and Grandfather Clocks in Victorian Working Class Domestic Lives’, Home Cultures, 8:3 (2011), 245-54

Smith, Mark, ‘Producing Sense, Consuming Sense, Making Sense: Perils and Prospects for Sensory History’, Journal of Social History, 40:4 (2007), 841-858

Further readings

Barron, Hester, and Claire Langhamer, ‘Feeling through Practice: Subjectivity and Emotion in Children’s Writing’, Journal of Social History 51:1 (2017), 101-123

Downes, Stephanie, Sally Holloway and Sarah Randles (eds), Feeling Things: Objects and Emotions through History (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2018)

Reddy, William, The Navigation of Feeling: A Framework for the History of Emotions (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press)

Roper, Mike, ‘Slipping Out of View: Subjectivity and Emotion in Gender History’, History Workshop Journal, 59:1 (2005), 57-72 Available online

Smith, Mark, Sensory History: An Introduction (Berg Publishers, 2007)  

Steedman, Carolyn, Dust: The Archive and Cultural History (Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2001)  

Twells, Alison, ‘“Went into raptures”: reading emotion in the ordinary wartime diary, 1941–1946’, Women’s History Review 25:1 (2016), 143-160

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ADDITIONAL READINGS ON SOURCE TYPES

You may find these useful to think about the merits and limitations of some types of sources used by historians of the everyday.

Bingham, Adrian, ‘Reading Newspapers: cultural histories of the popular press in modern Britain,’ History Compass, 10:2 (2012), pp.140-150

Garfield, Simon, Our Hidden Lives: the Everyday Diaries of a Forgotten Britain, 1945-1948 (2004)

Kearns, Séamus, ‘Picture Postcards as a Source for Social Historians’, Saothar 22 (1997), 128-133 Available as an Online Course Reading in Minerva 

Moran, Joe, ‘Private Lives, Public Histories: The Diary in Twentieth-Century Britain,’ Journal of British Studies, 54:1 (2015), 138-162

Stanley, Liz, ‘Women have servants and men never eat: Issues in reading gender, using the case studies of Mass-Observation’s 1937 Day-Diaries’, Women’s History Review, 4:1 (1995), 85-102

This list was last updated on 29/09/2019