Just a Housewife: The Rise and Fall of Domesticity in America / Edition 1 by Glenna Matthews | 9780195059250 | Paperback | Barnes & Noble
Just a Housewife: The Rise and Fall of Domesticity in America / Edition 1

Just a Housewife: The Rise and Fall of Domesticity in America / Edition 1

by Glenna Matthews
     
 

ISBN-10: 0195059255

ISBN-13: 9780195059250

Pub. Date: 05/28/1989

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

Housewives constitute a large section of the population, yet they have received very little attention, let alone respect. Glenna Matthews, who herself spent many years as "just a housewife" before becoming a scholar of American history, sets out to redress this imbalance.
While the male world of work has always received the most respect, Matthews

Overview

Housewives constitute a large section of the population, yet they have received very little attention, let alone respect. Glenna Matthews, who herself spent many years as "just a housewife" before becoming a scholar of American history, sets out to redress this imbalance.
While the male world of work has always received the most respect, Matthews maintains that widespread reverence for the home prevailed in the nineteenth century. The early stages of industrialization made possible a strong tradition of cooking, baking, and sewing that gave women great satisfaction and a place in the world. Viewed as the center of republican virtue, the home also played an important religious role. Examining novels, letters, popular magazines, and cookbooks, Matthews seeks to depict what women had and what they have lost in modern times. She argues that the culture of professionalism in the late nineteenth century and the culture of consumption that came to fruition in the 1920s combined to kill off the "cult of domesticity." This important, challenging book sheds new light on a central aspect of human experience: the essential task of providing a society's nurture and daily maintenance.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780195059250
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
05/28/1989
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
304
Product dimensions:
5.38(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.61(d)

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