Just a Housewife : Rise and Fall of Domesticity in America, 1830-1963
The author shows how the nineteenth century's "cult of domesticity" had invested the home with great importance - as the centre of republican virtue, as the source of religious values and as an area of heady female responsiblities. But this emphasis meant that women were relegated to the domestic sphere, especially when Darwin's 'survival of the fittest' doctrine seemed to indicate that women were physically inferior to men. Ironically, the industrialization of the home in the early twentieth century failed to improve women's lot; on the contrary, it helped lose the home its place of centrality in American culture and produced a terrible dilemma for women by urging them to go into the work place but offering them very little social support for doing so.
- Hardback | 298 pages
- 144.78 x 215.9 x 33.02mm | 589.67g
- 01 Dec 1987
- Oxford University Press Inc
- New York, United States
About Glenna Matthews
About the Author: Glenna Matthews lives in Berkeley, California, and has recently taught at the campuses of the University of California at Berkeley and Davis.