Man and Wife: Richard and Kay Titmuss: my parents' early years

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The sequel to Oakley's autobiography "Taking It Like a Woman", this book examines the relationship between the author's parents, her father's sociological ideas as one of the founders of the welfare state and how they affected all their lives. As the only child of Kay Miller and Richard Titmuss - leading social commentator and founder of the welfare state - Ann Oakley's life has been hugely influenced by ideas and social theory. This book, straddling the fields of biography, autobiography, history and sociology, draws on the private papers of Ann's parents and her own memory of them and examines their lives and the conflicts between the world of the home and their public theories. Where "Taking It Like a Woman" examined the difficulties of being a woman in a traditional role who is sudddenly confronted by choice, here Oakley delves into the world of her mother, whose position in the home was regarded by both her parents as sacred and explores what this meant to her as a child.

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Ann Oakley is the only child of Kay Miller, an ex-social worker, and Richard Titmuss, one of the founders of Britain’s welfare state. A groundbreaking mixture of biography, autobiography, feminist analysis and family and social history, this book draws on the private papers of Ann’s parents and on her own memory of them, and examines their lives and the conflict between the world of the home and the world outside, arguing that people’s social theories cannot be divorced from the politics of personal relationships. Richard Titmuss’s influential role as a social policy analyst reflects a general failure of post-war societies to resolve fundamental questions about the position of women and the family.

In her earlier autobiography, 'Taking It Like a Woman', Ann Oakley described the difficulties of being a woman in a traditional role who is suddenly confronted by choice. Here she delves into the world of her mother – who gave up her home was regarded by both of them as sacred – and explores the life and work of her father, who saw in the social inequalities of Britain in the 1930s and 1940s the need for that radical vision which gave birth to the welfare state.

'Man and Wife' perceptively and honestly reveals relationships between men and women, parents and children, grand theory and personal practice, and between ourselves and our memories. Combining a real sense of people battling to make sense of their lives with a deft isolation of the issues affecting family and women over the last two generations, it is a unique, fascinating and moving memoir.

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