State regulation, family breakdown and lone motherhood: the hidden costs of World War I in Scotland

Hughes, A. and Meek, J. (2014) State regulation, family breakdown and lone motherhood: the hidden costs of World War I in Scotland. Journal of Family History, 39(4), pp. 364-387. (doi: 10.1177/0363199014548826) (PMID:26538794) (PMCID:PMC4613732)

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Using a range of parish records, records from the Registrar General of Scotland, charity organizations, and media reports, this article contributes to the historiography which evaluates the effects of World War I in Britain as well as the history of lone mothers and their children. It highlights how during the war, women, especially lone mothers, made significant gains through the welfare system, changing approaches to illegitimacy and the plentiful nature of women’s work but also how in doing so this brought them under greater surveillance by the state, local parishes, and charity organizations. Moreover, as this article will demonstrate, many of the gains made by women were short-lived and in fact the war contributed to high levels of family breakdown and gendered and intergenerational poverty endured by lone mothers and their children.

Item Type:Articles
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Meek, Dr Jeff and Hughes, Dr Annmarie
Authors: Hughes, A., and Meek, J.
College/School:College of Social Sciences > School of Social and Political Sciences > Economic and Social History
Journal Name:Journal of Family History
Publisher:SAGE Publications
ISSN (Online):1552-5473
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2014 The Authors
First Published:First published in Journal of Family History 39(4):364-387
Publisher Policy:Reproduced under a Creative Commons License

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Project CodeAward NoProject NamePrincipal InvestigatorFunder's NameFunder RefLead Dept
554261Working-class Marriage in Scotland, 1855 - 1976Eleanor GordonArts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC)AH/J002542/1SPS - ECONOMIC & SOCIAL HISTORY