Ann Oakley

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Ann Rosamund Oakley
Born Rosamund Clay
(1944-01-17) 17 January 1944 (age 70)
Occupation Professor and Founder-Director of the Social Science Research Unit at the Institute of Education, University of London
Nationality British
Alma mater Bedford College, University of London
Genre Fiction (novelist)
and non-fiction sociology and feminism
Subject Sociology and feminism
Notable works The Men's Room (adapted for BBC television)
Relatives Professor Richard Titmuss (father)

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Ann Oakley (born 17 January 1944),[1] is a distinguished British sociologist, feminist, and writer. She is Professor and Founder-Director of the Social Science Research Unit at the Institute of Education, University of London and in 2005 partially retired from full-time academic work to concentrate on her writing and especially new novels. Oakley is the only daughter of Professor Richard Titmuss and wrote a biography of her parents as well as editing some of his works for recent re-publication. Her mother Kathleen, née Miller, was a social worker.

She was educated at Somerville College, Oxford University taking her BA in 1965, having married fellow future academic Robin Oakley the previous year. In the next few years Oakley wrote scripts for children's television and wrote numerous short stories and had two novels rejected by publishers. Returning to formal education at Bedford College, University of London, she gained a PhD in 1969; the qualification was a study of women's attitudes to housework, from which several of her early books were ultimately derived. Much of her sociological research focused on medical sociology and women's health. She has also made important contributions to debates about sociological research methods.

Ann Oakley has written numerous academic works, many focusing on the lives and roles of women in society as well as several best-selling novels, of which the best-known is probably The Men's Room, which was adapted by Laura Lamson for BBC television in 1991, and which starred Harriet Walter and Bill Nighy. She has also written an early partial autobiography. She divides her life between living in London and in a rural house where she does most of her fiction writing. She is a mother and grandmother.

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Non-fiction[edit]

The grave of Ann Oakley's parents, Richard and Kay Titmuss, in Highgate Cemetery.
  • Oakley, Ann (editor); Ashton, John (editor); Titmuss, Richard (author) (1997) [1972]. The gift relationship: from human blood to social policy. London: LSE Books. ISBN 9780753012017. 
  • Oakley, Ann (1993) [1972]. Sex, gender and society. Aldershot: Arena, published in association with New Society. ISBN 9781857421712. 
  • Oakley, Ann (1990) [1974]. Housewife (2nd ed.). London: Penguin. ISBN 9780140135237. 
  • Oakley, Ann (1985) [1974]. The sociology of housework. Oxford New York, New York: Basil Blackwell. ISBN 9780631139249.  (also translated into German, Dutch and Japanese).
  • Oakley, Ann (1976). Woman's work: the housewife, past and present. New York: Vintage Books. ISBN 9780394719603.  (Re-titled version of Housewife – 1974)
  • Oakley, Ann; Mitchell, Juliet (1976). The rights and wrongs of women. Harmondsworth New York: Penguin. ISBN 9780140216165. 
  • Oakley, Ann (1980). Becoming a mother. New York: Schocken Books. ISBN 9780805237351. 
Reprinted as: Oakley, Ann (1981). From here to maternity: becoming a mother. Harmondsworth: Penguin. ISBN 9780140222562. 
  • Oakley, Ann (1980). Women confined: towards a sociology of childbirth. Oxford England: M. Robertson. ISBN 9780855202118. 
  • Oakley, Ann (1982). Subject women. London: Fontana. ISBN 9780006860594. 
  • Oakley, Ann (1984). The captured womb: a history of the medical care of pregnant women. Oxford Oxfordshire New York, New York: Basil Blackwell. ISBN 9780631149712. 
  • Oakley, Ann (1985). Taking it like a woman. London: Flamingo. ISBN 9780006545118. 
  • Oakley, Ann; Mitchell, Juliet (1986). What is feminism?. Oxford, UK: Basil Blackwell. ISBN 9780631148432. 
  • Oakley, Ann; Houd, Susanne (1990). Helpers in childbirth: midwifery today. New York: Hemisphere Pub. Corp. ISBN 9781560320364. 
  • Oakley, Ann (1992). Social support and motherhood: the natural history of a research project. Oxford UK Cambridge, USA: Blackwell. ISBN 9780631182740. 
  • Oakley, Ann (1993). Essays on women, medicine and health. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press. ISBN 9780748604500. 
  • Oakley, Ann; Williams, A. Susan (1994). The politics of the welfare state. London: UCL Press. ISBN 9781857282061. 
  • Oakley, Ann (1997). Man and wife: Richard and Kay Titmuss: my parents' early years. London: Flamingo. ISBN 9780006550136. 
  • Oakley, Ann; Mitchell, Juliet (1997). Who's afraid of feminism?: seeing through the backlash. New York: New Press Distributed by W.W. Norton. ISBN 9781565843851. 
  • Oakley, Ann; Williams, Fiona; Popay, Jennie (1999). Welfare research: a critical review. London: UCL Press. ISBN 9780203979365. 
  • Oakley, Ann (2000). Experiments in knowing: gender and method in the social sciences. Cambridge UK: Polity Press. ISBN 9780745622576. 
  • Oakley, Ann (editor); Alcock, Peter (editor); Glennerster, Howard (editor); Sinfield, Adrian (editor); Titmuss, Richard (author) (2001). Welfare and wellbeing: Richard Titmuss's contribution to social policy. Bristol England: Policy Press. ISBN 9781861342997. 
  • Oakley, Ann (2002). Gender on planet Earth. New York: The New Press Distributed by W.W. Norton & Company. ISBN 9781565847682. 
  • Oakley, Ann (editor); Barker, Jonathan (editor); Titmuss, Richard (author) (2004). Private complaints and public health: Richard Titmuss on the National Health Service. Bristol, UK: Policy Press. ISBN 9781861345608. 
  • Oakley, Ann (2007). Fracture: adventures of a broken body. Bristol: Policy Press. ISBN 9781861349378. 
  • Oakley, Ann (2011). A critical woman: Barbara Wootton, social science and public policy in the twentieth century. London: Bloomsbury Academic. ISBN 9781283149068. 

Fiction[edit]

  • Oakley, Ann (1986). Telling the truth about Jerusalem: a collection of essays and poems. Oxford, UK New York, NY, USA: Basil Blackwell. ISBN 9780631149514. 
  • Oakley, Ann (1988). The men's room. London: Virago. ISBN 9780860688853.  (televised)
  • Clay, Rosamund nom de plume (1990). Only angels forget. London: Virago. ISBN 9781853811272. 
  • Oakley, Ann (1990). Matilda's mistake. London: Virago. ISBN 9781853812118. 
  • Oakley, Ann (1993). The secret lives of Eleanor Jenkinson. London: Flamingo. ISBN 9780006545507. 
  • Oakley, Ann (1993). Scenes originating in the Garden of Eden. London: Harper Collins. ISBN 9780002243032. 
  • Oakley, Ann (2012) [1995], "Where the bee sucks", in Williams, A. Susan; Jones, R. G., The Penguin book of erotic stories by women, London: Penguin, pp. 384–397, ISBN 9780241965450 
  • Oakley, Ann (1995), "Death in the egg", in Williams, A. Susan; Jones, Richard Glyn, The Penguin book of modern fantasy by women, London: Viking, pp. 525–532, ISBN 9780670859078 
  • Oakley, Ann (1996). A proper holiday. London: Flamingo. ISBN 9780006550143. 
  • Oakley, Ann (2000). Overheads. London: Flamingo. ISBN 9780006512189. 

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Oakley, Ann". Library of Congress. Retrieved 27 November 2014. (Ann Rosamund Oakley, born 17 Jan. 1944, is the real name of Rosamund Clay) 
  • Blain, Virginia; Patricia Clements, and Isobel Grundy (eds.) (1990). The Feminist Companion to Literature in English: Women Writers from the Middle Ages to the Present. London: Batsford. ISBN 0-7134-5848-8. 
  • Tuttle, Lisa (1986). Encyclopedia of Feminism. Harlow: Longman. ISBN 0-582-89346-1. 

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