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Classes and CulturesEngland 1918-1951$
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Ross McKibbin

Print publication date: 1998

Print ISBN-13: 9780198206729

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198206729.001.0001

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The Working Class (II)

The Working Class (II)

(p.164) V The Working Class (II)
Classes and Cultures

Ross McKibbin

Oxford University Press

This chapter discusses working-class domesticity and sociability. It considers relationships within the family, the extent to which they were characterized by ‘role-segregation’, and the consequences of the segregated roles. It describes the wife's purely domestic role and the husband's purely external role. It examines working-class ‘matrilocality’, the relations between mother and daughter, the status of the husband in the home and how the family income was managed. The chapter also assesses working-class definitions of friendliness, the nature of neighbourliness, and the sources of conflict within working-class communities. Conflicts were usually of three kinds: the age-old one between ‘rough’ and ‘respectable’; ones inherent in a situation where people live in very crowded situations; and antagonisms which were familiar to most communities.

Keywords:   family, income management, traditional working class, neighbourliness, role segregation, conflict

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