Mothers, Wives and Changing Lives

Women in Mid-Twentieth-Century Rural Wales

B. J. Brown and Sally Baker

Mothers, Wives and Changing Lives

B. J. Brown and Sally Baker

Distributed for University of Wales Press

227 pages | 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 | © 2011
Paper $25.00 ISBN: 9780708323342 Published June 2011 For sale in North and South America, Australia, and New Zealand only

Despite the great changes that the twentieth century brought to the lives and roles of the women of rural Wales, there has been scant attention paid to the topic by social scientists and historians, even within Wales. Mothers, Wives and Changing Lives rectifies that mistake, drawing on a wealth of family stories about women’s roles in education, the church, and the family in order to address significant gaps in our knowledge of women and Welsh culture.


1. Introduction: Womanhood, Wales and Culture
2. Narratives, Biography and Culture: Situating Participants’ Life Stories
3. Women and Society 1940–1970: Culture, Gender and Politics
4. Havens in a Heartless World: Accounts of Gender, Femininity and Domestic Life
5. Education and Attainment: Women’s Roles in Informal and Formal Schooling
6. Cultures of Aspiration: Women and the Genesis of Cultural Capital
7. Religion and Spiritual Life
8. Moral Guardianship and Respectability: Lives Beyond Suspicion
9. Culture, Capital, Learning and Conversion in the New Generation

Appendix: Table Outlining Participants’ Details

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