Work, Trade and Commerce

Deborah Simonton

in Gender in Scottish History Since 1700

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print January 2006 | ISBN: 9780748617609
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748672172 | DOI:
Work, Trade and Commerce

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This chapter questions the idea of separation of work and home and the view that the industrial revolution removed work from the ‘home. It explores how gendered identities influenced the way work was carried out in commercial, agricultural and industrial spaces, and the meanings that gender had for men and women. It re-presents a holistic account of the factors which created the workforce and how that workforce negotiated the activities and space within which it operated. In doing so it provides a gendered and nuanced account of the gendered identities which made up not only the workforce but which contributed to the identity of Scotland and its economic past.

Keywords: Work; Trade; Commerce; Employment; Industry; Agriculture; Women; gender

Chapter.  15404 words. 

Subjects: Social and Cultural History

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