Author Archives: Martin Robb

A tale of declining fortunes in Georgian England

This is the second in my series of posts about remarkable women in my family history, in which I’m attempting to bring together my interests in genealogy and gender issues. In the first post in the series, I wrote about … Continue reading

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A life in service

In the last post I wrote about my interest in family history. I argued that a great deal of genealogical research tends to treats women’s lives as a sideshow to the main pursuit of tracing the male line. In a … Continue reading

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On feminism and family history

When I tell people that one of my interests is family history, they tend to smile indulgently. Genealogy doesn’t have a great image: it’s often associated with older people with too much time on their hands, obsessively poring over obscure archives. But … Continue reading

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Bernie and Larry and me: an extremely tenuous connection to the US presidential election

With Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont making waves in the US Democratic primary campaign, it’s not surprising that the media in this country have been featuring interviews with his brother Larry, who has lived here for many years. Listening to … Continue reading

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‘This Boy’

I’ve been reading This Boy: A Memoir of A Childhood by Alan Johnson, the Labour MP, ex-Home Secretary and former union leader. As one of the reviewers quoted on the cover says, it’s probably the best memoir by a politician … Continue reading

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Remembering Jeff

Yesterday I received the sad news that Jeff Hunt had died. Jeff was an Open University postgraduate research student, and I was one of his supervisors, along with Rose Capdevila. Jeff had a longterm medical condition and suffered from frequent … Continue reading

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Parenting and distance

In June this year the Centre for Parenting Culture Studies at the University of Kent is organising a conference on ‘Parenting and Personhood: Cross-cultural perspectives on expertise, family life and risk management’. The Children, Young People and Families Research Group, … Continue reading

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