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Shopgirls: The True Story of Life Behind the Counter

Pamela Cox and Annabel Hobley
Format
Book
Published
London : Hutchinson, 2014.
Language
English
ISBN
9780091954468, 0091954460
Summary
BRITISH & IRISH HISTORY: POSTWAR, FROM C 1945 -. Shopgirls should be heroines, as celebrated as steelworkers in the Industrial Revolution. A million of us were shop assistants by the turn of the twentieth century and since then retail has grown exponentially to become Britain's largest area of economic activity. But the young women at the heart of this economic and cultural revolution, the shop assistants themselves, have largely been ignored. Shopgirls will tell the story of the lives of the girls who have worked behind the counters of our nation's shops from the drapery stores of the 1860s when young women's employment outside the home was taking off, through the Edwardian era's tumultuous social upheavals, two world wars and all the way to the working class revolution of the 1960s and the shock of the Biba bombing. This lively and ambitious book sets out to uncover the shopgirls' life stories, work cultures and economic contributions in a way never done before.
Contents
  • One. bThe Girling of Shopwork
  • Two. Servants of the Counter
  • Three. Scandalous Shopgirls
  • Four. Grace Dare Undercover
  • Five. Thoroughly Modern Management
  • Six. Strike!
  • Seven.Keep Calm and Carry On Shopping
  • Eight. Chelsea Girls and Counter-Cultures.
Description
xv, 302 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, portraits ; 24 cm
Notes
  • Based on a BBC Series
  • Includes bibliographical references (pages 273-286) and index.
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