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‘The Virtues of a Drop of Cleansing Water’: domestic work and cleanliness in the British working classes, 1880–1914

Kelley, Victoria (2009) ‘The Virtues of a Drop of Cleansing Water’: domestic work and cleanliness in the British working classes, 1880–1914. Women's History Review, 18 (5). pp. 719-735. ISSN 0961-2025

Type of Research: Article
Creators: Kelley, Victoria
Description:

This article examines the material culture of British working‐class homes in the late Victorian and Edwardian period, paying particular attention to the issue of cleanliness. Using evidence from social investigations and autobiographies, it asks how cleanliness, both as a material practice and as an idea, was deployed within the working‐class home and its spatial arrangements. The relationship of working‐class and middle‐class ideas of domesticity is examined, with different chronologies of change for subjects of different class backgrounds highlighted. It is proposed that to a certain extent working‐class women found their ‘widening sphere’ within, rather than beyond, domestic life.

Official Website: http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/09612020903282027
Keywords/subjects not otherwise listed: domestic space, domesticity, class, cleanliness, hygiene, gender
Publisher/Broadcaster/Company: Routledge
Your affiliations with UAL: Colleges > Central Saint Martins
Date: November 2009
Digital Object Identifier: 10.1080/09612020903282027
Date Deposited: 26 Sep 2013 13:50
Last Modified: 28 Apr 2016 11:56
Item ID: 5756
URI: http://ualresearchonline.arts.ac.uk/id/eprint/5756

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