Associated Homes and Cooperative Housekeeping

  • Lynn F. Pearson

Abstract

Household work in the mid-nineteenth century was sheer drudgery. There was a great contrast between the highly mechanised, large-scale factory system of production and working methods of the home. Working-class women did all or most of the work themselves, as well as bringing up children and possibly doing paid work. Middle-class women certainly did some work in the home, the amount varying with the number of servants employed. Servants had to be supervised and children looked after, and although the availability of servants reduced the number of tasks to be performed by wives, there was a consequent decrease in family privacy. There were constant complaints about the quality of servants. The various utopian or religious schemes for changing home life provided partial answers to the household drudgery problem, but only for those people willing to change their lifestyles and convert to new doctrines. Conventional households looked for answers to current trends in society as they knew it.

Keywords

Europe Steam Income Dine Hate 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Lynn F. Pearson
    • 1
  1. 1.Whitley BayUK

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