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Women’s voluntarism, Conservative politics and representations of womanhood
Clarisse Berthezène

which the curriculum included reading, tutorials, debates, essay writing and lectures and the main subjects were economics, constitutional history, political theory, foreign relations and British imperial development. Women were encouraged to take up economics, not simply general economic questions, but also economic theory. The rhetoric of the home made it possible to take classes that were previously seen as the preserve of men, thus redefining what was acceptable for women, without directly challenging gender roles. Women were also taught to be ‘missionaries’ and

in Rethinking right-wing women
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Arthur Aughey

it also contained ‘acute intelligence and conceptual toughness’ and a dismissal of it was tantamount to a ‘dismissal of the English experience’ itself (1978: 63–4). What that idiom might mean for politics was explored further by Thompson in his collection of occasional essays, Writing by Candlelight (1980). These essays considered a distinctive political inter-relationship and a common framework of assumptions within which the conversation about the nature of English identity took place. Thompson examined that inheritance and gave it a radical twist. For him

in The politics of Englishness