The meanings of home in postwar Britain

Langhamer, Claire (2005) The meanings of home in postwar Britain. Journal of Contemporary History, 40 (2). pp. 341-362. ISSN 0022-0094

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Abstract

This article explores the meanings of 'home' in postwar Britain: how was home situated in public discourse and what was the relationshp between public perception, individual desire and material reality? It considers the extent to which the British home was re-made in these years asking whether domesticity 1950s-style was distinct from previous models and exploring the degree of penetration achieved by a home-centred model. The aticle draws upon life history sources and social survey materials that allow access to subjective understandings of 'home'. In particular, it employs evidence collected by the pioneering British social investigative organization, Mass-Observation, to explore both historically-sited meanings of home and recently-solicited memories of the postwar period.

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: School of History, Art History and Philosophy > History
Subjects: D History General and Old World > DA History of Great Britain
Depositing User: Claire Langhamer
Date Deposited: 06 Feb 2012 20:43
Last Modified: 20 Aug 2012 09:32
URI: http://srodev.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/27709
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