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Sinners? Scroungers? Saints?

Unmarried Motherhood in Twentieth-Century England

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Sinners? Scroungers? Saints? by Pat Thane
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Sinners? Scroungers? Saints? is the first book to describe the real lives of unmarried mothers, and attitudes towards them, in England from the First World War to the present day. Pat Thane and Tanya Evans use biographies and memoirs, as well as archives and official sources, to challenge stereotypes of the mothers as desolate women, rejected by society and by their families, until social attitudes were transformed in the 'permissive' 1960s. They demonstrate the diversity of their lives, their social backgrounds, and how often they were supported by their families, neighbours, and the fathers of their children before the 1960s, and the continuing hostility by some sections of society since then. They challenge stereotypes, too, about the impact of war on sexual behaviour, and about the stability of family life before the 1960s.

Author Biography

Pat Thane is Research Professor in Contemporary History, Kings College London Tanya Evans is Research Fellow, Macquarie University
Release date NZ
August 1st, 2013
Country of Publication
United Kingdom
Illustrations
2 black and white images
Imprint
Oxford University Press
Pages
240
Dimensions
155x231x15
ISBN-13
9780199681983
Product ID
21026575

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