Gender in Modern Welsh History

Perspectives on Masculinity and Femininity in Wales from 1750 to 2000

Editor(s) Beth Jenkins,Paul O'Leary,Stephanie Ward

Language: English

Genre(s): Gender Studies

Series: Gender Studies in Wales

  • November 2023 · 280 pages ·216x138mm

  • · Paperback - 9781837720781
  • · eBook - pdf - 9781837720798
  • · eBook - epub - 9781837720804

About The Book

This innovative collection offers a reappraisal of gender as a category of analysis in modern Welsh history. Beginning with sex work in the eighteenth century and concluding with women’s late twentieth-century anti-nuclear activism, the contributors show how gender has been constructed, represented, performed and experienced by men and women at different times and places throughout Wales’s modern past. Using a variety of approaches, the collection interrogates gender as a concept that encompasses both femininity and masculinity, provides fresh perspectives on familiar themes, and demonstrates the value of gender analysis for our understanding of the political, social, cultural and economic history of modern Wales. Chapters by leading historians and early career academics each set an agenda for exploring the intersection of gender with nationality, race, class, age and sexuality.  


‘Cutting-edge historical research is skilfully distilled into ten stimulating and eminently readable essays. This is an important collection that dissects and deepens understanding of gender and gender relations in Welsh society between 1750 and 2000.’

Angela V. John, President of Llafur, the Welsh People’s History Society


List of Contributors
Angela Muir, ‘Sex Work and Economies of Makeshift in Wales, c. 1750-1830’
Marion Löffler, ‘Family Matters: War-Time Discourses on Women in Wales, 1793–1805’
Paul O’Leary, ‘Masks and Matter: Mining Masculinities in the South Wales Coalfield, 1870-1914’
Steven Thompson, ‘“Can You Look in the Mirror and Say, I See a Man?’ Masculinity and the Labour Movement in South Wales, c.1870-1939’
Neil Evans and Beth Jenkins, ‘Spaces and Places of Women’s Social Movements in Wales, 1890-1914’
Mike Benbough-Jackson, ‘Nation and Gender: St David, St David’s Day and Masculinity during the Great War’
Simon Jenkins, ‘Exploring Race and Gender in Cardiff, c.1900-c.1945’
Stephanie Ward, ‘Heroic Housewives: Political Worlds, Domesticity and the Welsh Mam in Interwar Wales’
Jay Rees, ‘“Beware you free, emancipated girls, your warden wouldn’t like it”: Women’s Activism at Swansea University, 1970-1990’
Elaine Titcombe, ‘Reflections of gender in anti-nuclear politics in Wales 1970-2000’

About the Editor(s)

Author(s): Beth Jenkins

Beth Jenkins is Visiting Fellow and former British Academy Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Essex.

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Author(s): Paul O'Leary

Paul O'Leary is the Sir John Williams Professor of Welsh History at Aberystwyth University.

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Author(s): Stephanie Ward

Stephanie Ward is a Senior Lecturer in Modern Welsh History at Cardiff University.

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