The Prevention of rural depopulation: housing and the Scottish women's rural institutes, c.1917–39

Wright, V. (2012) The Prevention of rural depopulation: housing and the Scottish women's rural institutes, c.1917–39. Twentieth Century British History, 23(3), pp. 336-358. (doi: 10.1093/tcbh/hwr048)

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Depopulation was an important issue affecting the lives of the inhabitants of rural Scotland in the inter-war years and throughout the twentieth century. Yet this has been a neglected area in the emergent historiography of rural Britain. Indeed, Scotland is rarely represented in studies of rural Britain in the twentieth century. Rural areas are similarly marginalized in the historiography of twentieth-century Scotland. By considering the role of women in addressing the problem of rural depopulation, specifically the Scottish Women's Rural Institutes, this article will therefore make a unique contribution to the historiography of rural Britain in terms of its gendered and geographical focus. The Scottish Women's Rural Institutes contributed to debates concerning the effects of depopulation on rural areas through its demands for improved housing. In its cooperation with government agencies in Scotland, and by giving evidence to relevant government commissions, the Scottish Women's Rural Institutes and its members were able to influence decision making relating to the provision and standard of housing in rural areas. By doing so this organization was able to satisfy its aim of attempting to improve the housing inhabited by its members and, related to this, prevent further rural depopulation.

Item Type:Articles
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Wright, Dr Valerie
Authors: Wright, V.
Subjects:D History General and Old World > D History (General)
D History General and Old World > D History (General) > D204 Modern History
D History General and Old World > DA Great Britain
College/School:College of Social Sciences > School of Social and Political Sciences > Urban Studies
Journal Name:Twentieth Century British History
Publisher:Oxford Journals
ISSN (Online):1477-4674

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