'Anything for the house': Recollections of post-war suburban dreaming

Murphy, J and Probert, B 2004, ''Anything for the house': Recollections of post-war suburban dreaming', Australian Historical Studies, vol. 36, no. 124, pp. 275-293.


Document type: Journal Article
Collection: Journal Articles

Title 'Anything for the house': Recollections of post-war suburban dreaming
Author(s) Murphy, J
Probert, B
Year 2004
Journal name Australian Historical Studies
Volume number 36
Issue number 124
Start page 275
End page 293
Total pages 19
Publisher University of Melbourne
Abstract In the post-war years, as the suburbs were expanding, older criticisms of suburban life as shallow and dull were re-invigorated. The suburbs of the 1950s became and continue to be for some an object of disdain and critique. But much of this analysis fails to engage with the real experiences of those who lived there, and is unable to explain the attractions of suburban life and its power over the Australian imagination. This paper based on interviews asking elderly Australians about their experiences and meanings of work, family and community in the 1950s suggests a more complex picture. Despite the limitations built into restricted gender roles in the post-war years, the suburbs were often animated by the shared, powerfully gendered aspirations about domesticity, home-making and family life that were such a fundamental part of the political culture of the period.
Subject Australian History (excl. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander History)
Keyword(s) Australian history
oral history
post-war domesticity
suburban expansion
DOI - identifier 10.1080/10314610408596289
ISSN 1031-461X
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