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"The Map Girls": British women geographers' war work, shifting gender boundaries and reflections on the history of geography

Maddrell, A. (2008) "The Map Girls": British women geographers' war work, shifting gender boundaries and reflections on the history of geography. Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers, 33 (1). pp. 127-148. ISSN 1478-4009

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Publisher's URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1475-5661.2007.00290.x

Abstract

This paper focuses on bringing to light the little-known war work of women who used their geographical skills and training in their war service, principally under the headings of university teaching, contributing to Naval Intelligence Handbooks and working in the armed services and the Admiralty's Hydrographic Department. The research is based on archive sources, obituaries and other secondary sources, as well as a small number of oral history interviews. This work is placed in the context of debates on the gendered boundaries of public/combatant and private/non-combatant in war, and gender and the state. The significance of gender as a methodological and conceptual category in the history of geography is discussed in the light of evidence from women geographers’ war work.

Item Type:Article
Additional Information:This article was developed from a presentation at the Association of American Geographers (AAG) conference (Chicago, March 2006). It draws on Maddrell's British Academy-funded archive research: "Complex Locations: the production and reception of women's geographical work 1910-1970". Related papers presented at IGU, Glasgow 2004 and RGS/IBG London 2005,2006,2007
Uncontrolled Keywords:women, Second World War, maps, gender, historiography, state
Faculty/Department:Faculty of Environment and Technology
ID Code:6275
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Deposited On:22 Jan 2010 15:11
Last Modified:15 Apr 2015 07:52

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