A Critical Perspective on British Social Surveys and Community Studies and Their Accounts of Married Life c.1945–70
Author: Davis, Angela
Source: Cultural and Social History, 1 March 2009, vol. 6, no. 1, pp. 47-64(18)
Abstract:The family was a subject of prime importance to sociologists in the post-war period. Married life was one of the principal themes of British social surveys and community studies undertaken at this time. This article investigates the limitations associated with these contemporary analyses and how they can be explained. It will examine the relationship between the studies' findings and contemporary social developments, the variations in married life, and how the researchers' accounts related to their wider aims. It will conclude that such studies were more a product of the optimism of the post-war period than prompted by patriarchal beliefs.
Document Type: Research Article
Affiliations: Department of History, University of Warwick