Home to Work: Motherhood and the Politics of Industrial Homework in the United States

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Mai 1994



This book traces the history of industrial homework and its regulation over the last century.


Abbreviations; List of illustrations; Acknowledgments; Introduction 'home, sweet home': gender, the state, and labor standards; Part I. Man's Freedom, Woman's Necessity: Jacobs and its Legacy: 1. 'A man's dwelling house is his castle': tenement house cigarmaking and the judicial imperative; 2. 'White slaves of the cities': campaigns against sweated cothing; 3. 'Women who work' and 'Women who spend': the family economy vs. the family wage; Part II. Visions and Voices: 4. 'Soldiers of freedom', 'garments of slavery': patriotic homework; 5. 'To study their own conditions': states' rights to regulate; 6. 'Homework is a community question' the worlds of the homeworker; Part III. Engendering the New Deal: 7. 'To improve on business through law': homework under the NRA; 8. 'Strike while the iron is hot': the politics of enactment, the perils of enforcement; 9. 'Unknown to the common law': the fair labor standards act; Part IV. Homework Redux: 10. 'With a keyboard in one hand': white collars in the home; 11. Deregulating 'the rights of women'; Index.


"The rewards to the reader are numerous--including, most importantly, a fascinating historical account generally supported by extensive research and documentation...what the reader ultimately gains from Boris's work is the most comprehensive knowledge available from a single source of the social history of homework in the United States." Contemporary Sociology "The subject is timely..." H-Net "Enormously inclusive and massively documented, Home to Work provides stunning evidence of its author's central argument..." Ohio History "Boris makes impressive use of many sources... She also provides a wonderful analysis of Lewis Hine's photographs of immigrant homeworkers. ...this study is required reading for those interested in the history of women and work, its relationship to gender politics, and the rise and decline of the American welfare state." History of Education Quarterly " exhaustively researched history of industrial labor performed at home, largely by women and children, from the nineteenth century to the present. It is also a history of reform and attempted reform, of laws that were passed and not passed, to restrict or regulate the exploitation of those who worked at home. In exploring these subjects, Home to Work is, in addition, an inquiry into the history of the gendered division of labor, of ideas about gender held by working-class men and women and of the conceptions of gender that were embedded in laws." The Nation "Eileen Boris's detailed and comprehensive study of homework adds to this body of research with a study that superimposes two areas of women's work often separated in scholarship: the world of family and the world of industrial work...Boris's interest lies in what homework reveals about the gender relations of families, markets, and states. This multi-tiered and complex study revolves around two frameworks that join the history of women and labor: the gendered construction of women's experience and the 'century long argument over state intervention in the labor contract.'" Joanne Goodwin, Journal of American History "...a major contribution to the fields of labor and women's history. It will be the standard account of industrial homework in the United States for some time to come. Boris's imaginative analysis gives shape to a complicated topic and broadens our understanding of labor history by recognizing connections between women's work, state formation, policy discourse, and labor practice." Lynn Y. Weiner, American Historical Review "Eileen Boris's Home to Work is an extensive social-historical account of industrial homework regulation, which focuses on several key judicial decisions and legislative actions, as well as efforts by union leaders and reformers to abolish or reshape home labor." Contemporary Sociology
EAN: 9780521455480
ISBN: 0521455480
Untertitel: New. Sprache: Englisch.
Erscheinungsdatum: Mai 1994
Seitenanzahl: 404 Seiten
Format: kartoniert
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