By Linda McDowell
Full of particular and compelling insights into the operating lives of migrant girls within the united kingdom, this booklet attracts on greater than 20 years of in-depth learn to discover the altering nature of women’s employment in post-war Britain.
- A first-class instance of theoretically positioned empirical research of labour industry swap in modern Britain
- Includes compelling case reviews that mix historic documentation of social switch with interesting first-hand bills of women’s operating lives over decades
- Integrates info gleaned from greater than 20 years of in-depth research
- Revealing comparative research of the similarities and transformations within the lives of immigrant operating girls in post-war Britain
- Features real-life bills of women’s under-reported reviews of migration
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The main task for white British women was to become mothers of future Britons. In a study of the 1950s, Webster (1998) documented the numerous ways in which the superiority of white British women and their role as mothers was reaffirmed, especially through their withdrawal from the workplace. Their role as wives and mothers was to be supported by improvements in housing conditions, in living standards and in health, in part through the rise of domestic science as a discourse about training women to be efficient home-makers.
2010). There is now a large literature about divisions of labour and women’s segregation in the labour market (see Glucksmann  for a recent reassessment of the field). Explanations of the changing gender division of migrant labour have, not surprisingly, drawn on these more general arguments about the ways in which women are employed in segregated, female-dominated ‘ghettos’ in advanced industrial economies. Explanations rely variously on notions about women’s lack of ‘human capital’, hard to sustain as more women gain educational and workplace credentials, or on the necessity of women’s domestic labour, seen as essential for the reproduction of the workforce, both in an everyday sense of getting clean and well-nourished workers into the workplace and in a generational sense by giving birth to future workers.
For some, their attributes and attitudes made this more difficult than for others, but for all of them, even the most highly skilled and ambitious, acceptance in the British labour market was seldom easy and progress, promotion and social mobility were often difficult. And, just as for British women, negotiating an acceptable compromise between the demands of the labour market, home life and community involvement was also complex and often contested. As the UK labour market changed from making things to selling services, the embodied social characteristics of migrant workers became increasingly important in their working lives, and difference, and markers of home or belonging to a diasporic community, were not always valued.