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'The Problem Family in Postwar Britain'


Fri, April 6, 2012 | Tom Lea Rooms, Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center 3.206

2:45 PM - 4:30 PM

After the Second World War, the welfare state and full employment offered working-class families new opportunities for economic security. Yet those who did not respond to the challenge were castigated by social workers and politicians as 'problem families'.  This debate reveals the allegedly dull, conformist years between the end of the Second World War and the mid-1960s.  The period of the 1950s was in fact a transformative decade in social and political history.  

Selina Todd is a Lecturer in Modern British History and a Fellow of St. Hilda's College, Oxford.  Her research interests include the experience and representation of working-class people and women in twentieth-century Britain.  She is currently completing a manuscript on the history of the British working class since 1918.  Her book, Young Women, Work and Family in England 1918-1950, was published in 2005 by Oxford University Press.

Sponsored by: Faculty Seminar on British Studies

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