Approaches to homeworking
For those who seek to understand homeworking, one of the most intriguing questions is how it became invisible in the public domain. In Britain, for instance, between the passage of the first Trades Board Act in 1909 and the first Low Pay survey in the mid-1970s, economists, sociologists and historians who could have been expected to take some account of it, simply failed to do so. Bythell, for instance, concludes his study of sweated trades in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries with the optimistic statement that: ‘Outwork is rightly relegated to one of the darkest chapters of economic history; and now that it is virtually dead, none should regret its passing’ (Bythell, 1978, p. 254).
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