Labour History Review

Work, Culture and Gender: The Making of Masculinities in Post-War Liverpool

Labour History Review (2004), 69, (2), 153–167.


This essay traces the changes and continuities evident in the construction of masculinities in post-war Liverpool. In the decades after the Second World War, full employment and the restructuring of the local labour market had the potential to reshape personal and collective identities. However, the pre-war cultures associated with casualism persisted and were incorporated into class and gendered understandings of manhood. In exploring the construction of local masculinities, particular attention is paid to work and household as significant sites. The writer concludes that economic restructuring did nothing to challenge the power of men relative to women, in either the workplace or the home.

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Ayers, Pat