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More Work for Mother: The Ironies of Household Technology from the Open Hearth to the Microwave

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In this classic work of womens history (winner of the 1984 Dexter Prize from the Society for the History of Technology), Ruth Schwartz Cowan shows how and why modern women devote as much time to housework as did their colonial sisters. In lively and provocative prose, Cowan explains how the modern conveniences—washing machines, white flour, vacuums, commercial cotton—seemed at first to offer working-class women middle-class standards of comfort. Over time, however, it became clear that these gadgets and gizmos mainly replaced work previously conducted by men, children, and servants. Instead of living lives of leisure, middle-class women found themselves struggling to keep up with ever higher standards of cleanliness.

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This book has a dual focus. As its title is meant to suggest, it is a history not just of housework but also of the tools with which that work is done: household technology. Human beings are tool-using animals; indeed, some anthropologists believe that, along with speech,, the ability to use and to refine our tools is precisely what sets us apart from other species of primates.

About the Author

Ruth Schwartz Cowan is associate professor of history at the State University of New York at Stony Brook.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780465047321
Author:
Cowan, Ruth Schwartz
Publisher:
Basic Books (AZ)
Subject:
General
Subject:
Home economics
Subject:
Women's Studies
Subject:
Housewives
Subject:
United states
Subject:
History
Subject:
Child Care and Parenting-General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Publication Date:
19850231
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
288
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in 14 oz

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"Synopsis" by , This book has a dual focus. As its title is meant to suggest, it is a history not just of housework but also of the tools with which that work is done: household technology. Human beings are tool-using animals; indeed, some anthropologists believe that, along with speech,, the ability to use and to refine our tools is precisely what sets us apart from other species of primates.
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