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Making a place: women in the "workers' city"

Peel, Mark

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Beginning with a description of Elizabeth, an outer suburb of Adelaide, as a ‘ workers’ city, this paper asserts the central importance of women's activities, whether in households or wider territories, in the making, defining and defending of place. Against the notion that Elizabeth and places like it were ‘ working man's towns', the paper argues that while men's capabilities as workers and breadwinners were important, it was women within working-class households who performed the more...[Show more]

dc.contributor.authorPeel, Mark
dc.contributor.editorColes, Rita C
dc.coverage.spatialAustralia
dc.date.accessioned2017-05-01T04:43:00Z
dc.date.available2017-05-01T04:43:00Z
dc.date.created2017
dc.identifier.isbn731515919
dc.identifier.issn1035-3828
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1885/116268
dc.description.abstractBeginning with a description of Elizabeth, an outer suburb of Adelaide, as a ‘ workers’ city, this paper asserts the central importance of women's activities, whether in households or wider territories, in the making, defining and defending of place. Against the notion that Elizabeth and places like it were ‘ working man's towns', the paper argues that while men's capabilities as workers and breadwinners were important, it was women within working-class households who performed the more difficult tasks of translating male wages (and their own earnings) into valuable outcomes. In this sense, women organised the successful use of the resources provided by a planned community and the relative prosperity of the post-war long boom. Women also managed the 'outside of the home, its links with the public sphere and with external authorities ranging from credit providers to welfare and tenancy officers as well as its articulation to largely female-maintained neighbourhood and kin coalitions. Accordingly, Elizabeth relied very much on the vigilance and capacity of women. Finally, the paper suggests that the important role now played by women activists in Elizabeth and other working-class suburbs which suffered recession and economic decline since the 1970s is neither simply a product of poverty nor a dramatically new feature of working-class life, but an extension of that established responsibility for local standards and local security, in the context of increased opportunities for participation and for the creation of women' s institutions and initiatives. There are clear implications in this for any attempt to understand, consult or intervene in working-class communities.
dc.description.sponsorshipAustralian Policy Online (APO)'s Linked Data II project, funded by the Australian Research Council, with partners at the ANU Library, Swinburne University and RMIT.
dc.format.extentvi, 36 pages
dc.format.mimetypeapplication/pdf
dc.language.isoen_AU
dc.publisherUrban Research Program. Research School of Social Science. Australian National University.
dc.relation.ispartofseriesUrban Research Program Working papers: No. 38
dc.rightsAuthor/s retain copyright
dc.subject.ddc307.760994
dc.subject.lccHT101.U87
dc.subject.lcshUrban policy -- Australia
dc.subject.lcshUrban renewal -- Australia
dc.subject.lcshHousing -- Australia
dc.titleMaking a place: women in the "workers' city"
dc.typeWorking/Technical Paper
dc.date.issued1993
local.type.statusPublished Version
local.identifier.doi10.4225/13/590a52a4ac849
dcterms.accessRightsOpen Access
dc.provenanceScanned, catalogued and preserved under the auspices of a joint initiative between Australian Policy Online (APO) and The Australian National University (ERMS2230346)
dc.rights.licenseCreative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 3.0 Australia (CC BY-NC 3.0 AU)
CollectionsANU Urban Research Unit/Program

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