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Working Lives

Gender, Migration and Employment in Britain, 1945-2007

2013. Buch. 294 S. Hardcover

Wiley. ISBN 978-1-4443-3919-2

Format (B x L): 16 x 22,7 cm

Gewicht: 520 g

In englischer Sprache

Das Werk ist Teil der Reihe: RGS-IBG Book Series


'In this rich book, Linda McDowell writes an important history of the changing nature of work in Britain over the last 60 years through the experience and eyes of immigrant women. There are not many books that bring together the trials, hopes and achievements of various generations of working women from East Europe, the Caribbean and East Africa, and fewer still that rethink British labour market history on the basis of the evidence gathered. A very fine piece of scholarship.' Ash Amin, University of Cambridge 'An insightful and well-researched study of post second world war women's migration into Britain, exploring the interplay between their changing self-understanding, patterns of work and gender identity. The unusual and original angle of analysis yields many a novel conclusion and makes the book indispensable.' Bhikku Parekh, University of Westminster and House of Lords Full of unique and compelling insights into the working lives of migrant women in the UK, this book explores the changing nature of women's employment in post-war Britain. Seen through the eyes of those arriving and seeking work since 1945, the author's analysis of working patterns is based on many hours of interviews with female textile workers, hospital domestics, nurses, automotive workers, photo print packers, bankers, doctors, cleaners, nannies and agricultural workers. The volume uses these first-hand accounts to track social changes in the UK up to 2007, combining theory and analysis of empirical data to provide a cogent analysis of the characteristics of the labour market in contemporary Britain. Linda McDowell sets the vivid details of women's lives in the context of far-reaching changes in the country's employment landscape and immigrant regulatory framework since World War II. Deploying fresh information gleaned from oral history accumulated over two decades of research, the book is a fascinating survey of the origins of Britain's ethnically diverse population that fuses sociological and geographical analysis to demonstrate how migrant women are viewed by society as suitable workers for particular types of jobs.


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