Comparison of the work of working class housewives in the 1930s to middle class suburban housewives in the 1960s and 1970s.
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Please refer to course readings to answer the question. Use at least 6 sources from the course readings. You are not required to research beyond the course readings. Be sure to use proper citations.
Compare the work of working class housewives in the 1930s to middle class suburban housewives in the 1960s and 1970s. Consider, for example, how their work conditions (e.g. housing, work implements), class position, and social status in the community, their neighbourhood and economy affected their work as housewives. Although there are obvious differences between the two groups, do you see any similarities?
Intro to Frager & Patrias, Discounted Labour, pp. 3-13;
Gottfried, ch. 4 “The Puzzle of Gender Segregation” in Gender, Work and Economy, pp. 44 -74.
Frager & Patrias, Discounted Labour, pp. 17-87;
Lyndsey McMaster, “Working Girls in the West
Frager & Patrias, Discounted Labour, pp. 91-157
Denyse Baillargeon, “Working for Pay and Managing Household Finances
Lara Campbell ch. 1“’Giving All the Good in Me to Save My Children’”
Jeff Keshen, ch. 6 “Civilian Women: ‘Two steps forward and one step back’”
Magda Fahrni, “Intro” and “A Politics of Prices”;
Ann Porter, “Gender and the Construction of the Post-War Welfare State;
Julie Guard, “Women Worth Watching”: Radical housewives in Cold War Canada
Veronica Strong-Boag, “Home Dreams: Women and the Suburban Experiment in Canada, 1945-1960;
Stephanie Coontz, “’Leave it to Beaver’
Ozzie and Harriet’: American Families in the 1950s”
Ch. 1 “A World Turned Upside Down, Working Class Lives in Hamilton” & ch. 2 “Families at Work: The Dynamics of Paid Employment and Unpaid Domestic Work” in Luxton & Corman, Getting By in Hard Times
Ch. 5 “Women’s Work: Juggling Job & Family, ch. 6 “Domestic Labour as Maintaining a Household and ch. 7 “Domestic Labour as Caring for People” Ch. 8 “optional Making a Life: Leisure & Social Activities”; read ch. 9 “Dreams & Dilemmas: Trying to Make Sense of It All” in Luxton & Corman, Getting By in Hard Times
Mainardi, Pat. “The Politics of Housework”;
Mariarosa Dalla Costa “A General Strike”;
“Introduction” [from Judy Rebick (ed.)Ten Thousand Roses
Fox, Bonnie “Introduction” to From Hidden in the Household
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