Breadcrumb

 
 

The times and life of Rose Smith in Britain and China, 1891-1985 : an interplay between community, class and gender

Title:

The times and life of Rose Smith in Britain and China, 1891-1985 : an interplay between community, class and gender

Fong, Gisela Chan Man (1998) The times and life of Rose Smith in Britain and China, 1891-1985 : an interplay between community, class and gender. PhD thesis, Concordia University.

[img]
Preview
PDF
18Mb

Abstract

This case study reconstructs and analyses the development and experiences of Rosina (Rose) Smith from her birth in 1891 in Putney, England to her death in 1985 in Beijing, China. Over the span of her lifetime, she was among other things, a communist local strike leader of women, a functionary in the Executive Committee of the Communist Party of Great Britain (CPGB), and a propagandist journalist working for the Daily Worker in London and Xinhua in Beijing. The factors that might have influenced her in her choice of activities are discussed. The socio-political environments in which she operated are described. The approach adopted in the thesis has been proposed by Peter Leonard. Instead of presenting Rose Smith as a separate and atomised entity, she is comprehended as an individual whose social identity was constructed by her gender, her working-class background, and her membership of the CPGB and the communist community with its distinct social and cultural norms. The sources consulted for this study are Rose Smith's writings, her interviews given to Roland Berger, archival materials of the Communist Party, various British and Chinese newspapers. Several interviews with family members, friends and former colleagues of Rose Smith were also conducted.

Divisions:Concordia University > Faculty of Arts and Science > History
Item Type:Thesis (PhD)
Authors:Fong, Gisela Chan Man
Pagination:x, 471 leaves ; 29 cm.
Institution:Concordia University
Degree Name:Theses (PhD)
Program:History
Date:1998
Thesis Supervisor(s):Mason, Michael
ID Code:469
Deposited By:Concordia University Libraries
Deposited On:27 Aug 2009 13:12
Last Modified:08 Dec 2010 10:14
Related URLs:
All items in Spectrum are protected by copyright, with all rights reserved. The use of items is governed by Spectrum's terms of access.

Repository Staff Only: item control page

Document Downloads

More statistics for this item...

Concordia University - Footer