CollectionGB 0231 University of Aberdeen, Special Collections
Ref NoMS 3179/6/2/4
TitleUnemployment and Social Evils
Extent9 leaves
Administrative HistoryThis address may have been written at any time during the 1930s and 1940s, though its tone favours a date in the early 1930s, perhaps reflecting the economic problems of the late 1920s and early 1930s. Mary Esslemont's lectures from the later 1930s appear to focus upon political instability and the threat of war.
DescriptionAddress on the social problems created by unemployment, ? early 1930s. Acknowledges differences in nature of the problem between towns such as Aberdeen and those in the 'industrial Midlands' (cites Keighley as an example); looks at the differences between being unemployed in 'good times' and in 'bad times'; the problems caused by scarcity of workers and by scarcity of jobs; the 'vicious circle' of housing and poverty; accumulated debts; betting; drinking; family resentment and tension; men's jealousy of women's work; the effects of unemployment on mental health; the value of charity - 'are we keeping the worst worthless.'
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