"Love and Worry": Ideals, Realities, and Class Consciousness of Bourgeois Motherhood in Interwar France, 1919-1939

Barrett, Rachael.


  • This research analyzes how bourgeois Frenchwomen thought about, practiced, and performed their identity as mothers in the 1920s and 30s. Mothers, as those who bore and raised children, were deeply implicated in the government's schemes to raise the birthrate in preparation for a future conflict with Germany. This study looks at their experience of motherhood in a time when fear of the next ... read more
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