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Knowing Their Place : Domestic Service in Twentieth Century Britain

Author: Lucy Delap
Publisher: Oxford : OXFORD University Press, [2011]
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Historians have traditionally seen domestic service as an obsolete or redundant sector from the middle of the 20th century. 'Knowing Their Place' challenges this by linking the early 20th century employment of maids and cooks to later practices of employing au pairs, mothers' helps, and cleaners. Lucy Delap tells the story of lives and labour within British homes, from great houses to suburbs and slums, and charts  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Lucy Delap
ISBN: 9780199572946 0199572941
OCLC Number: 697264316
Description: xii, 260 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Twentieth-century servants --
Servant-keepers and the management of servants --
"Doing for oneself" : the servantless home --
Kitchen-sink laughter : domestic service humour --
"The good, the bad, and the spicy" : servants in pornography and erotica --Heritage nostalgia : domestic service remembered and performed.
Responsibility: LUCY DELAP.
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Knowing Their Place offers a fascinating look at the relationships of antagonism and friendship, disgust and desire, that marked domestic service in twentieth century Britain.  Read more...

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Delap's book, dense with image and insight, helps us to think about these questions - who cleans, cooks, does the washing and childcare, how much are they paid and valued without turning away. * Read more...

 
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