Kōrero: City history and people

Suburban neurosis

For most of the 20th century, the stay-at-home mother was a shining emblem of suburban life. While many mothers were happy with their lot, by the 1960s a growing number were not. This was particularly true in new suburbs on city fringes, which often lacked the social amenities and diversity of older settlements. Some women found mothering a burden and felt trapped in their homes – a condition known as suburban neurosis. Some found an escape in alcohol or prescription drugs. In this 1971 film clip, a young Wellington mother expresses a longing for adult company and the stimulation of paid work.

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Archives New Zealand - Te Rua Mahara o te Kāwanatanga
Reference: Notes on a New Zealand city. National Film Unit, 1971

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Te tuhi tohutoro mō tēnei whārangi:

David Thorns and Ben Schrader, 'City history and people - Suburban life', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/mi/video/23528/suburban-neurosis (accessed 3 December 2021)

He kōrero nā David Thorns and Ben Schrader, i tāngia i te 11 Mar 2010