Father and Daughter

Patriarchy, Gender, and Social Science

Ann Oakley

Ann Oakley

Distributed for Policy Press at the University of Bristol

256 pages | 6 x 9
Paper $23.95 ISBN: 9781447318101 Published December 2014 For sale in North and South America only
Policy analyst Richard Titmuss became famous as one of the most staunch and outspoken defenders of the welfare state and its underlying values, and in this book his daughter, Ann Oakley, offers us an inside view of his life and work. Oakley, a prominent sociologist herself, mixes biography and autobiography, telling the story of her father’s life in light of her own experience and drawing on a mix of sources—including personal interviews and archival research—to set their family history in the larger context of social, economic, and political change in the twentieth century.

Carrying the intellectual force of an innovative thinker, yet written in clear, compelling language, Father and Daughter is a family story that is at the same time a reflection on gender, patriarchy, and the politics of memory and identity.
Guardian (UK)
“[A] riveting book. . . . Oakley has put together a collection of short essays and biographical fragments that explore not just her own unusual family life but key moments and personalities in the history of twentieth-century social research. . . . Ultimately, she has produced not a tell-all biography but a multifaceted portrait of a brilliant, if insecure, human being who worked unceasingly for the ‘public welfare’, and his only child, who has done the same, if in a very different fashion. Oakley has a fascinating chapter on her own career, which has been highly successful in bald terms but is studded with the usual discriminations, and she ends with a long, hard, pessimistic look at the position of women in academia today. . . . There is very little direct expression of emotion so that when it comes it is surprisingly affecting.”
Times Higher Education
“Intriguing. . . . A very important contribution to historical and sociological scholarship. It is an original and carefully researched corrective to the existing ‘business as usual’ institutional and intellectual history of conflicts and tensions in the development of sociology, social administration, social policy, and the professionalization of social work.”
Graham Crow | University of Edinburgh
“Oakley’s complicated story of how she is still taking stock of her relationship with Richard Titmuss is one of family dynamics and secrets, of politics at the grand and small scale, and of the ongoing process of making sense of who we are.”
Cherie Booth, QC
“A fascinating study of an eminent father by his eminent daughter. This respected sociologist, feminist, and novelist offers a true ‘insider’s view’ of their relationship.”
Robert Pinker | London School of Economics and Political Science
“In Father and Daughter, Oakley revisits her childhood years and explores the causal links between her family’s fraught domestic relationships and her father’s idiosyncratic ‘socialist view of inequality’ that excluded gender issues from its policy concerns. This superbly researched memoir will become a classic of its kind—albeit a highly controversial one.”
Melissa Benn | author of "What Should We Tell Our Daughters?: The Pleasures and Pressures of Growing Up Female"
“I love Oakley’s writing. She interrogates quite beautifully ‘the shadowy spaces’ in which public and private lives overlap and the effect this has, particularly on women.”
Baroness Blackstone of Stoke Newington
“An honest, intriguing, and readable book about the author and her eminent father, her conflicts with him and his conflicts with his female colleagues. I could not put it down!”
Jane Lewis | London School of Economics and Political Science
“Oakley is a highly original writer. The personal becomes political as she revisits her own history and that of her father.”
Baroness Hayter of Kentish Town
“A tribute to the achievements, but many weaknesses of her famous revered father . . . often poignant but always fascinating reading.”
Contents

Daughter of a Blue Plaque Man
Falling into the Bog of History
Memory and Identity
Family and Kinship in London and Other Places
Mrs Titmuss’s Diaries
Love and Solitude
The Story of the Titmice: an alternative version
Meeting Win
Harem in Houghton Street
Difficult Women
Post-Mortem
The Troubles
Dusting his Bookshelves
Vera's Rose
This Procession of Educated Men
Telling stories

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