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Masculinities on ClydesideMen in Reserved Occupations During the Second World War$
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Alison Chand

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9781474409360

Published to University Press Scholarship Online: May 2017

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9781474409360.001.0001

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The Schedule of Reserved Occupations, Oral History and Other Methodologies

The Schedule of Reserved Occupations, Oral History and Other Methodologies

(p.1) Chapter One The Schedule of Reserved Occupations, Oral History and Other Methodologies
Masculinities on Clydeside

Alison Chand

Edinburgh University Press

This chapter begins by discussing important theories of masculinity underlying the arguments in the book, before defining the policy of reservation in Second World War Britain and its implications. The geographical boundaries of the study are also defined here, with the areas understood as being incorporated into ‘Glasgow’ and ‘Clydeside’ discussed. The chapter also defines the notions of ‘lived’ and ‘imagined’ subjectivities, which centrally underpin the arguments made in the book, before considering the methodologies used in conducting the research involved, primarily oral history. The chapter moves on to look at uses of oral testimonies in previous historical research before examining the different kinds of oral testimony used for this study, including those held in existing oral history archives and newly conducted oral history interviews. Finally, the chapter examines other primary source materials used in this research, including cultural materials such as newspapers, novels and films.

Keywords:   ‘Schedule of Reserved Occupations’, ‘Glasgow’, ‘Clydeside’, ‘Subjectivities’, ‘Oral history’

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