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Female theatre workers and professional practice

Stage women, 1900–50 explores the many ways in which women conceptualised, constructed and participated in networks of professional practice in the theatre and performance industries between 1900 and 1950. A timely volume full of original research, the book explores women’s complex negotiations of their agency over both their labour and public representation, and their use of personal and professional networks to sustain their careers. Including a series of case studies that explore a range of well-known and lesser-known women working in theatre, film and popular performance of the period. The volume is divided into two connected parts. ‘Female theatre workers in the social and theatrical realm’ looks at the relationship between women’s work – on- and offstage – and autobiography, activism, technique, touring, education and the law. Part II, ‘Women and popular performance’, focuses on the careers of individual artists, once household names, including Lily Brayton, Ellen Terry, radio star Mabel Constanduros, and Oscar-winning film star Margaret Rutherford. Overall, the book provides new and vibrant cultural histories of women’s work in the theatre and performance industries of the period.

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Collecting contacts with Gabrielle Enthoven

This chapter explores the personal and professional networks created by female theatre practitioners in the late nineteenth and early twentieth century through a detailed case study of Gabrielle Enthoven – actor, playwright, translator and theatre collector. Born into privilege, Enthoven was the daughter of a colonial administrator who grew up in Egypt and the Sudan. She lived in Windsor, met Oscar Wilde and played with the royal children, spending her twenties messing about on boats and in theatres with the local soldiers. She then married and moved to Chelsea and began to network with theatre and arts professionals before devoting her life and wealth to creating a world-class collection of theatre ephemera that she donated to the Victoria and Albert Museum in London.

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such cases local opinion leaders and interactive educational meetings, facilitated by a mix of academic and service user/ carer researchers, can be a powerful way of raising awareness and stimulating the momentum for practice change. To encourage wider roll-out of the outputs of research, teams may in addition consider holding a stakeholder conferences to engage regional or national audiences. In certain cases, they may also consider establishing online knowledge repositories with downloadable resources that link directly to patient and professional networks or

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environmental administrators in other municipalities. These contacts were even more frequent than those with their local politicians or with local action groups, local media, and local associations. CEI contacts with environmental officers at the county level are almost as lively as the contacts with municipal politicians. There is thus a very specific professional network on environmental and resource management at the local and regional levels (CEIS 1991). The impact of such professional networks on the effectiveness of ecological governance (see further ch. 6) very much

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A cognitive perspective

‘masters’ – a form of expert – by both producers and consumers in what can be called ‘organic’ community networks. Within these networks credence systems have developed, including dedicated direct provision networks and confidential trademark supports (e.g. ‘Demeter’, since 1928). In this context of ‘domestic’ and ‘inspired’ types of quality convention (to use the classification of Boltanski and Thévenot 1991), incipient organic farming professional networks eventually led to the normalisation and emergence of ‘industrial’ and ‘market oriented’ organic quality

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sources available to users: statistics from professional networks conducting evaluations of care units; primary school inspections by government institutions; and calculations such as the Sharpe ratio (risk in relation to earnings) developed by Nobel laureate William Sharpe, in relation to investment bonds. The designers’ configuration of users was relatively loose, and the guides constrained their users in a limited way. The users were put at the center of an action net that was to result in a choice. Thus, increased knowledge and a long-term view were ways intended to

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’ Franchise League discussed by Naomi Paxton, or the Theatrical Ladies’ Guild discussed by Catherine Hindson. Some were characterised more by shifting affiliations and practices and, as a result, can be more challenging to map. In response to such a challenge Catherine Clay, in her study of British women writers between 1914 and 1945, selected three foci to reveal the personal and professional networks of writers including Vera Brittain, Winifred Holtby and Stella Benson. These foci are geography – based on different areas of London; ­publishing – specifically Time and Tide

in Stage women, 1900–50
Disease, conflict and nursing in the British Empire, 1880–1914

, and five years later she appears as the newly appointed matron of the Government Civil Hospital in Mauritius.8 The pages of professional journals from the age, including the Nursing Record/British Journal of Nursing, are replete with similar overseas opportunities and appointments from all areas of the British Empire, allowing nurses at various stages of their careers to exploit 44 Imperial sisters in Hong Kong the professional networks contained within. The use of biographical fragments, like those of Nellie Gould and her colleagues that appear within these

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Chapter  3, not all actors (professional networks, interest-​based organisations, state representatives, business representatives) involved in global governance will be equally well positioned to ‘play the game’. Agents in a field occupy unequal positions, and control over relevant economic, social and symbolic resources is usually unevenly distributed, causing various ‘player[s]‌to play the game more or less successfully’ (Pouliot, 2010: 34). We will return to this discussion of the informal norms and uneven terrain of Arctic governance in the final section. First, we

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’s comments to Russia on their perceived foot-​dragging with regard to black carbon. The contentious issues relate, rather, to the visibility of expert bodies outside the Arctic Council in other global fora. Experts and WG representatives are highly visible at the meetings and associated events of the Arctic Council itself. The tricky question is about their global intersection with other international organisations and professional networks. Monitoring existent and curtailing further expansion in the independent diplomatic networks of the WGs was a pursuit encouraged by

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