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Bridget Hill

Print publication date: 1996

Print ISBN-13: 9780198206217

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198206217.001.0001

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Opportunity, Identity, and Servility

Opportunity, Identity, and Servility

(p.93) 5 Opportunity, Identity, and Servility

Bridget Hill

Oxford University Press

This chapter examines the conditions of domestic servants in England during the 18th century in terms of wages and opportunity for skills acquisition. It highlights the claims that contrary to popular belief domestic service offered an attractive career prospect offering the acquisition of skills and that the differential between the wages of male and female servants has been exaggerated. This chapter suggests that these claims are questionable and unfounded.

Keywords:   domestic servants, England, wages, career opportunity, skills acquisition, wage differential

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