Policy Press

The Science of Housework

The Home and Public Health, 1880-1940

By Ann Oakley

Published

Jul 1, 2024

Page count

240 pages

ISBN

978-1447369622

Dimensions

234 x 156 mm

Imprint

Policy Press

Published

Jul 1, 2024

Page count

240 pages

ISBN

978-1447369615

Dimensions

234 x 156 mm

Imprint

Policy Press

Published

Jul 1, 2024

Page count

240 pages

ISBN

978-1447369639

Dimensions

234 x 156 mm

Imprint

Policy Press
The Science of Housework

In an era of pandemic infection, the importance of hygiene at home and in public spaces has never been greater. This book recaptures the buried history of the household science movement, including domestic science teaching, public health, higher education for women and the scientific content and aims of domestic science courses. It explores how it was viewed in the context of new public health concerns and as a driver to opening higher education to women, raising questions about the legacy and modern relevance of the household science movement.

Ann Oakley is Professor of Sociology and Social Policy at the UCL Social Research Institute. A social researcher for 60 years, and author of many academic publications, she is also well known for her biography, autobiography and fiction. Her books include The Sociology of Housework, From Here to Maternity and The Men's Room which was serialised by the BBC in 1991, and most recently Forgotten Wives (Policy Press, 2021).

1.Prologue: My Life in Housework

2.Introduction: From the Sociology to the Science of Housework

3.Gender and Germs: Housework Today

4.Teaching Girls about Housework

5.Sweeping Science into the Home

6.This Man-Made World

7.Lectures for Ladies

8.Alice Through the Cooking-Class

9.Transatlantic Experiments

10. Sources of Power

11. White Subjects: Domestic Science in the Colonies and Other Places

12. Legacies and Meanings