“We have never employed Jewish people”: young Jewish women’s experiences of education and employment in Glasgow from the 1920s to the 1950s

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Abstract

This article explores the experience of education and employment of young Jewish women from the Gorbals district of Glasgow from the 1920s to the 1950s through the use of oral testimony. Its central concern is to highlight the particularity of the experience of this group of young women and bring out the significance of specific cultural pressures and anti-Semitism in their lives with a focus on the period when their formal education ended and they entered paid employment. The concept of ‘gendered ethclass trajectories of social mobility’ has been coined to denote this difference in experience.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)467-489
Number of pages24
JournalCultural and Social History
Volume16
Issue number4
Early online date1 Aug 2019
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 8 Aug 2019

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