A Social History of Health in Interwar Wales

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dc.contributor.advisor O'Leary, Paul
dc.contributor.author Thompson, Steven
dc.date.accessioned 2008-02-13T15:57:17Z
dc.date.available 2008-02-13T15:57:17Z
dc.date.issued 2001
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2160/498
dc.description.abstract This thesis examines patterns of mortality in interwar south Wales and assesses the relative influences of various social factors in determining those patterns. Chapters on income, expenditure, housing, environment, diet and medical services describe and evaluate the material conditions of life for working-class families in the different communities of interwar south Wales. A consideration of the effects of economic depression on these material aspects of people's lives is an integral aspect of these chapters. The impact of unemployment and poverty is assessed so as to understand their significance in the everyday lives of working-class people. In this way, the thesis addresses the shortcomings in the historiography of the 'healthy or hungry' nature of the interwar period by anchoring the consequences of unemployment in the realities of everyday experience. The second section of the thesis consists of demographic studies of mortality and infant mortality. Various mortality indicators are examined so as to identify patterns of mortality in the different communities of south Wales. These mortality indicators are disaggregated according to age, sex, social class, occupation and location. The specific patterns revealed by this analysis are examined in the light of the material aspects of working-class life outlined in the first section of the thesis so as to determine the social determinants of mortality and the precise effects of economic depression on patterns of mortality. This detailed and systematic examination of mortality in interwar south Wales addresses the weaknesses in the Welsh historiography that has consisted of impressionistic interpretations of the effects of economic depression on standards of health. Therefore, the thesis examines the levels and trends of mortality in interwar south Wales and considers the factors that determined them. Secondly, it assesses the extent to which the economic depression of the interwar period affected these patterns of mortality. en
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dc.language.iso en en
dc.publisher University of Wales Aberystwyth en
dc.rights Images under copyright of the National Library of Wales have been removed on pages 64 (2a), 137 (3c), 166 (4b), 230 (5c) and 248 (6a) [chapters or sections thereof in brackets corresponding to files below], but can be found in the unpublished paper thesis held in Hugh Owen Library, Aberystwyth University (classmark AC1.W1.1809). en
dc.subject social en
dc.subject history en
dc.subject health en
dc.subject interwar en
dc.subject South en
dc.subject Wales en
dc.title A Social History of Health in Interwar Wales en
dc.type Text en
dc.publisher.department History and Welsh History en
dc.type.qualificationlevel doctoral en
dc.type.qualificationname PhD en
dc.type.publicationtype thesis or dissertation


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