A History of Everyday Life in Twentieth-Century Scotland

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  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2010-02-28
  • Publisher: Edinburgh University Press

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Scottish culture in the twentieth century changed more rapidly and dramatically than previous centuries. The patterns of people's lives today would be unrecognizable to their nineteenth-century ancestors, and by examining the bodies, homes, working lives, rituals, beliefs, and consumer practices of Scots over this turbulent century, this volume reveals the composition of the very substance of everyday Scottish life. Employing novel persepctives and methods, it traces both intimate and mass changes in work, art, and the experience of death. The book accounts for Scots' conception of themselves and their homes and the process through which the oppressive community rules of "old Scotland" broke down as the country reinvented itself and its culture. This volume brings together leading cultural historians of twentieth-century Scotland to study the key spaces in which daily experience is made and to expose the controversial personal and national politics that ritual and practice can generate.

Author Biography

Lynn Abrams is Professor of Gender History at the University of Glasgow. Callum G. Brown is Professor of Religious and Cultural History at the University of Dundee.

Table of Contents

List of Tablesp. vii
List of Figuresp. viii
Series Editors' Forewordp. ix
Introduction: Conceiving the Everyday in the Twentieth Centuryp. 1
Charting Everyday Experiencep. 19
From Scullery to Conservatory: Everyday Life in the Scottish Homep. 48
Changing Intimacy: Seeking and Forming Couple Relationshipsp. 76
The Realities and Narratives of Paid Work: The Scottish Workplacep. 103
Being a Man: Everyday Masculinitiesp. 131
Spectacle, Restraint and the Sabbath Wars: The 'Everyday' Scottish Sundayp. 153
After 'The Religion of My Fathers': The Quest for Composure in the 'Post-Presbyterian' Selfp. 181
Culture in the Everyday: Art and Societyp. 206
Sickness and Healthp. 228
Passing Time: Cultures of Death and Mourningp. 254
Further Readingp. 282
Notes on the Contributorsp. 291
Indexp. 293
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