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Title: Women in Rhondda society, c.1870-1939
Author: Snook, L. J.
Awarding Body: University of Wales Swansea
Current Institution: Swansea University
Date of Award: 2003
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The history of the women in the South Wales coalfield is a subject that has not received adequate attention by historians. Where women are included in novels and histories of the area, they appear as shadowy figures in their prescribed role as the wives and mothers of the working men, the miners. This thesis is a broad-based study of the lives of some of the women who lived in the Rhondda Valley area of the coalfield during the period from 1870 to the years immediately preceding the Second World War. The adequacy of representing women solely as working-class wives and mothers is questioned through an investigation of various activities in which some women were able to participate, including the sphere of politics and protest, leisure, work and education. In addition to analysing activity outside of the domestic sphere, the thesis also looks more closely at the women who formed the community, especially, although not exclusively, those who fall outside of the traditional perception of Rhondda Valley Women, for example middle-class women and unmarried women. Furthermore, attention has been paid to them throughout their stages of the life cycle; from girlhood - thereby incorporating their experiences in schools and participation in leisure activities - through their adult years to old age. In essence, the thesis seeks to give a more rounded view of the lives of women in the Rhondda Valleys from the hey day of the mines in the late nineteenth century to the decline of the industry in the inter-war period.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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