This is an innovative and original socio-cultural study of the history of electricity during the late Victorian and Edward periods. Gooday shows how technology, authority and gender interacted in pre-World War I Britain. The rapid take-up of electrical light and domestic appliances on both sides of the Atlantic had a wide-ranging effect on consumer habits and the division of labour within the home. Electricity was viewed by non-experts as potential threat to domestic order and welfare. This broadly interdisciplinary study relates to a website developed by the author on the history of electricity.
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Table of ContentsCover Half Title Title Copyright Contents Dedication Acknowledgements List of Figures and Tables Introduction 1. Understanding the Domestication of Electricity 2. The Uncertain Identity of Electricity 3. Electricity as Danger 4. Electricity as Safety 5. Electricity as the Future 6. Aestheticizing Electricity 7. Personifying Electricity Conclusion Notes Works Cited Index