A History of European Women's Work: 1700 to the Present

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A History of European Women's Work draws together recent research, lively personal accounts and statistical evidence to take an overview of trends in women's work from the pre-industrial period to the present.

Deborah Simonton discusses the definition of work

within and without patriarchal families, the status of work and the skills involved. She examines local as well as Europe-wide developments, contrasting countries such as Britain, Germany and France. She considers women's own perceptions of work and its place in their lives as well as

age and class, to present a rounded account of the shifting patterns of employment and the continuities which are evident in the women's own experience.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415055314
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 9/21/1998
  • Pages: 352
  • Lexile: 1430L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.88 (d)

Table of Contents

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1 Introduction 1
Pt. I The eighteenth century, c. 1700-90 11
2 Women, household and farm 13
3 Making, selling, serving 37
4 Location, skill and status 70
Pt. II The nineteenth century, c. 1790-1880 85
5 Domesticity, the invention of housework, and domestic service 87
6 Rural women - farmhouse and agriculture 112
7 Industry, commerce and public service 133
8 Continuity and change: gender, skill and status 162
Pt. III The twentieth century, c. 1880-1980 179
9 Home and work 181
10 Continuities in country and town 207
11 New work: white blouses in the tertiary sector 233
12 Conclusion: gender, skill and status 261
Notes 271
Bibliography 294
Index 326
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