Imagining Home: Gender, Race And National Identity, 1945-1964

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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 highlights 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 domesticity 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 belonging and unbelonging. Its focus on the complex interrelationships of white and black women's lives and identities offers a new perspective on this period.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationLondon
PublisherRoutledge, Taylor & Francis Group
Number of pages240
ISBN (Electronic)1857283511, 9780203976166
ISBN (Print)9781857283518, 9781857283501
Publication statusPublished - 17 Feb 1998
Externally publishedYes


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