Inside the socialist nursery: welfare maternity and the writing of Denise Riley

McRobbie, Angela. 2020. Inside the socialist nursery: welfare maternity and the writing of Denise Riley. Feminist Theory, 21(3), pp. 287-296. ISSN 1464-7001 [Article]

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This article considers Denise Riley's contribution to a feminist history of the British welfare state apparatus, with a focus on maternity and reproduction. Drawing attention to the inter-locking of historical method with the emergence of feminist theory, the article comments on the importance and originality of this encounter. There is also an abbreviated attempt to convey a line of argument subsequent to Riley's early work, with reference to the power of the vernacular language of the popular media as purveyor of morality and harsh judgement of women.

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Maternity, welfare, reproduction, media, unhusbanded

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Media, Communications and Cultural Studies


12 January 2020Accepted
6 June 2020Published Online
2 August 2020Published

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18 Jun 2020 15:10

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03 Aug 2020 14:08

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