- 245 Downloads
Cleaning has not inspired much scholarly curiosity and we know little about contemporary domestic cleaning practices.1 Historians have paid more attention to the subject, revealing past practices and processes related to the design of houses and home furnishings (Rybczynski, 1986), technological innovation (Giedion, 1948; Forty, 1975), social and economic effects of technological consumption (Cowan, 1983; Mohun, 1999; Parr, 1999) and the jobs of workers and servants (Malcolmson, 1986; Sutherland, 1981). Cleaning bodies has also been a matter of historical concern focused on hygienic prescriptions (Hoy, 1995). Historical changes in notions of comfort, cleanliness and convenience related to bodies and clothes have likewise been investigated as part of broad technological systems and practices of cleaning (Shove, 2003). Apparatuses and ways of cleaning bodies, as well as cleaning houses, have constantly revealed demarcated and reproduced inequalities through the practices of different social groups.
KeywordsCultural Capital Housework Activity Good Housekeeping Household Technology Commercial Laundry
Unable to display preview. Download preview PDF.