Mode som kilde til social forandring i mellemkrigstidens Storbritanien

Studenteropgave: Kandidatspeciale og HD afgangsprojekt

  • Marie Louise Tovgaard
4. semester, Historie, Kandidat (Kandidatuddannelse)
This thesis examines the change in gender roles that occurred in the inter-war period (1918-1939) in Great Britain. The foundation used for thesis is the statement that visual change in fashion can enlighten the understanding of the change in the traditional gender roles that happened after the First World War. Thus, the thesis will treat fashion as a discursive source that has produced a language that can be analyzed. Therefore, this thesis analyses the changes from a perspective of cultural history with fashion as a source. The analysis proves that changes happened in gender roles in this period, mainly because women had gotten economic funds and means, and with that more independence. Moreover, the gender roles seemed to dissolve to some extent. However, the analysis also points to a discourse that sought to undermine women’s right to influence. Moreover, the analysis shows that the women’s emancipation suffered quite a backlash at the at the time. Combined with the fact, that men’s role and expression did not change at the same pace as women’s did, results in the before mentioned outcome. The men’s gender role had suffered in the war, where they have had difficulties holding on to the illusion of the unbreakable man. None the less, the men’s gender roles were largely maintained. The result seems to be small changes in different aspects of society amongst them was in the institution of marriage.
Udgivelsesdato3 okt. 2016
Antal sider80
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