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Gender, Modernity, and the Popular Press in Inter-War Britain : Oxford Historical Monographs - Adrian Bingham

Gender, Modernity, and the Popular Press in Inter-War Britain

Oxford Historical Monographs

Hardcover Published: 1st September 2004
ISBN: 9780199272471
Number Of Pages: 280

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Journalists often claim that they write the first draft of history, but few historians examine the press in detail when preparing later drafts. This book demonstrates the value of popular newspapers as a historical source by using them to explore the attitudes and identities of inter-war Britain, and in particular the reshaping of femininity and masculinity. It provides a fresh insight into a period of great significance in the making of twentieth century gender identities, when women and men were coming to terms with the upheavals of the Great War, the arrival of democracy, and rapid social change. The book also deepens our understanding of the development of the modern media by showing how newspaper editors, in the fierce competition for readers, developed a template for the popular press that is still influential today.

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Conceptually innovative and meticulously researched, Bingham's book will be indispensable to historians of gender, popular culture, and media... it would be difficult to overestimate its significance as a revisionist account of 20th-century cultural transformations. Mark Hampton, Journalism Studies This well-researched study of five popular daily newspapers provides an engaging new look at debates over shifting gender identities in early twentieth-century Britain Michelle E. Tusan, Media History

Introduction 1: The evolution of the popular daily press 2: The discourse of modernity 3: Traditional duties: housewife, mother, consumer 4: Reshaping the political sphere: the female voter 5: The gendered gaze: fashion, the female body and sexual morality 6: Patriotism and citizenship: the gendered languages of war and peace 7: Masculinity: ideals and anxieties Conclusions Appendix: The women's pages Bibliography

ISBN: 9780199272471
ISBN-10: 0199272476
Series: Oxford Historical Monographs
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 280
Published: 1st September 2004
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.39 x 15.6  x 1.75
Weight (kg): 0.57