"National housekeeping": rethinking nationalism through the Irish Housewives Association

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dc.contributor.author King, Georgia
dc.date.accessioned 2020-09-01T04:22:16Z
dc.date.copyright 2020 en_US
dc.date.issued 2020-08-31
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/1828/12072
dc.description.abstract While Ireland remained neutral throughout the Second World War, it was not spared from the economic and social consequences of the conflict. This time in Ireland is known as ‘the Emergency’ and shortages of essential goods exacerbated poverty, often with fatal consequences for the worst off. In 1941, Hilda Tweedy organized a petition signed by Irish women that was sent to Government in pursuit of a variety of policies intended to alleviate some of the harshest suffering caused by economic turmoil and minimal government intervention. This petition ultimately laid the groundwork for the subsequent formation of the Irish Housewives Association in 1942. This Association was involved in a wide array of activities, but consumer protection and the cost of living were of preeminent concern throughout their existence. The Irish Housewives Association has received some historical attention for its feminist activities, but I propose that many of their initiatives can be usefully analyzed through theories of nationalism. I argue that the theoretical innovations of everyday nationalism and consumer nationalism possess previously unrecognized utility for illuminating women’s experience throughout this period of Irish history. en_US
dc.language English eng
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.rights Available to the World Wide Web en_US
dc.subject nationalism en_US
dc.subject women en_US
dc.subject gender en_US
dc.subject Ireland en_US
dc.subject feminism en_US
dc.subject consumer politics en_US
dc.subject consumer nationalism en_US
dc.title "National housekeeping": rethinking nationalism through the Irish Housewives Association en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US
dc.contributor.supervisor Marks, Lynne Sorrel
dc.degree.department Department of History en_US
dc.degree.level Master of Arts M.A. en_US
dc.description.scholarlevel Graduate en_US
dc.description.embargo 2021-08-25

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