The shadow of marriage : singleness in England, 1914-60 / Katherine Holden.

"The book examines representations and experiences of men and women who never married between 1914 and 1960, drawing upon an exceptionally wide range of sources including biographies, oral histories, novels, films, government statistics and social surveys. An introductory chapter on work and no...

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Main Author: Holden, Katherine
Format: Book
Language:English
Published: Manchester : Manchester University Press, 2007.
Series:Gender in history.
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Summary:"The book examines representations and experiences of men and women who never married between 1914 and 1960, drawing upon an exceptionally wide range of sources including biographies, oral histories, novels, films, government statistics and social surveys. An introductory chapter on work and non-familial lifestyles highlights the significance of age, generation and gender. The main focus in the rest of the book is on unmarried men and women's intimate, sexual, familial and professional relationships. These raise important questions about how these categories have been defined and expose power relations between married and single people. The material on adult/child relationships is particularly innovative. The author probes the boundaries of the nuclear family in the mid-twentieth century through her account of the high levels of interest and involvement in children's care and education by unmarried women as well as largely invisible relationships between children and unmarried men." "As the first major study of the history of single women and men in England, this will be a valuable resource for researchers and students in social history, gender studies, women's studies, social policy and sociology."--BOOK JACKET.
Physical Description:xi, 257 pages ; 22 cm.
Bibliography:Includes bibliographical references and index.
ISBN:9780719068928 (hbk.)
0719068924 (hbk.)