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Chasing DirtThe American Pursuit of Cleanliness$
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Suellen Hoy

Print publication date: 1997

Print ISBN-13: 9780195111286

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195111286.001.0001

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Postscript Are We as Clean as We Used to Be?

Postscript Are We as Clean as We Used to Be?

(p.179) Chapter Seven Postscript Are We as Clean as We Used to Be?
Chasing Dirt

Suellen Hoy

Oxford University Press

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

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