Imagining Home: Gender, Race And National Identity, 1945-1964, 1st Edition (Paperback) book cover

Imagining Home

Gender, Race And National Identity, 1945-1964, 1st Edition

By Wendy Webster


240 pages

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Imagining Home offers a unique examination of ideas and images of home in Britain during a period of national decline and loss of imperial power. In exploring the relationship between gender, 'race' and national identity, it higlights the continuing importance of empire in imaginings of the nation during a period of decolonization. Analyzing the significance of colonialism and racism in shaping ideas of motherhood, employment and domestictiy, it traces the process by which Englishness was increasingly associated with domestic order, and the home and family constructed as white.

Drawing extensively on oral history and life-writing, Imagining Home examines the multiple meanings of home to women in narratives of beloning and unbelonging. Its focus on the complex interrelationships of white and black women's lives and identities offers a new perspective on this period.


'A riveting study of gender, race and national identity.' - Guardian

'Highly readable and authoratative, introducing readers to potentially difficult ideas in a thoroughly accessible way.' - Ethnic and Racial Studies

'This is an interesting and important book and should stand as a landmark study for this formative period of contemporary British history.' - Professor Mary Chamberlain, Women's History Review

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Women's and Gender History

Recent years have witnessed a variety of challenges to the legitimacy of women's history, ranging from the deconstructions of French theory to the advent of 'gender' studies with its post-feminist implications. This series aims to re-establish women's history and to continue to challenge the assumptions of much mainstream history.

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HISTORY / General
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / General