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Gendering women: Identity and mental wellbeing through the lifecourse

Clisby, Suzanne; Holdsworth, Julia


Suzanne Clisby

Julia Holdsworth


© Policy Press 2014. Gendering Women is an engaging and accessible account of how constructions of femininity fundamentally affect women’s mental wellbeing through the life course. Led by women’s life history accounts of growing up and growing older in the north of England, this book shows how experiences of becoming and being a woman - in family life, education, employment, motherhood and situations of violence - both enable and erode self confidence and esteem. The challenges to women’s mental wellbeing cut across age and class differences and have profound impacts on the material conditions of women’s lives throughout the life course. This is in turn a driver of inequality that is often under-recognised in mainstream policy. Based on feminist and ethnographically informed research with over five hundred women Gendering women provides a critical link between gender theory and the lived realities of women’s daily lives and will appeal to students and academics in sociology and social sciences.


Clisby, S., & Holdsworth, J. (2014). Gendering women: Identity and mental wellbeing through the lifecourse. Bristol, UK: Policy Press

Book Type Authored Book
Publication Date Aug 13, 2014
Deposit Date Jun 4, 2019
Publisher Policy Press
Pages 1-271
Book Title Gendering Women: Identity and Mental Wellbeing Through the Lifecourse
ISBN 9781847426789; 9781847426772
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