The Dear Old Homesteads Exposed
The underlying theme of ‘home’ was also the quest for an organic community; small, self-sufficient and sharply differentiated from the outside world. … Legitimate relationships were seen as vertical only. Subordinates’ whole lives were to be spent within the community thus ensuring total loyalty, privacy and trust. Wives, servants and children, the major subordinate constituents of the household, were never to leave the precincts of the ‘domestic domain’ except under the closest scrutiny and control.2
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