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Home Front Diaries: Over Representations of the Chattering Classes?

King, Elspeth (2014) Home Front Diaries: Over Representations of the Chattering Classes? In: Women's History Network National Conference 2014, 5th-7th September 2014, University of Worcester. (Unpublished)

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The use of diaries, memoirs and personal journals as primary sources has grown exponentially over the last few years, not least with the re-emergence of Mass Observation as a popular and possibly dominant source of personal memories particularly of the Home Front in the Second World War. However these sources have also become items of controversy and debate over the narrow social group they represent. For those beyond the chattering classes, long hours of war work, coupled with domestic responsibilities in increasingly difficult circumstances, as the privations of war increased were not conducive to diary and journal keeping. This paper will look at these sources and consider them in the light of their limitations and the sometimes condescending and patronising attitudes shown towards the few sources where the working classes had a voice.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Other)
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Conference title: 'Home Fronts: Gender, War and Conflict'

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Uncontrolled Discrete Keywords: personal journals, diaries, Home Front, Second World War, increasingly difficult circumstances, Mass Observation, working classes
Subjects: D History General and Old World > DA Great Britain
Divisions: College of Arts, Humanities and Education > School of Humanities
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Depositing User: Elspeth King
Date Deposited: 17 Nov 2016 14:17
Last Modified: 17 Jun 2020 17:14

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