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Postscript Are We as Clean as We Used to Be?

Suellen Hoy

in Chasing Dirt

Published in print January 1997 | ISBN: 9780195111286
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199854011 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195111286.003.0007
Postscript Are We as Clean as We Used to Be?

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In the course of time, the obsession with which the people of the early 19th century displayed over the issue of cleanliness dwindled by the 1980s. This is a result of the involvement of women in the workforce and the gradual career-centeredness of women. As a result, women have less time to attend to household chores and to look after the cleanliness of their homes. The rise in the number of single mothers who tend to their children and growing financial needs also gave way to the dwindling involvement of women in household cleaning. The booming industry and the career-centeredness of women gave rise to a new household cleaning services industry which keeps away women from the burden of cleaning and household chores.

Keywords: cleanliness; household cleaning; household chores; single mothers

Chapter.  1330 words. 

Subjects: Social and Cultural History

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