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Knowing Their Place: Domestic Service in Twentieth-Century Britain

Lucy Delap


This book tells the story of lives and labour within twentieth-century British homes. From great houses to suburbs and slums, it charts the interactions of servants and employers and the intense controversies and emotions they inspired. Historians have seen domestic service as an obsolete or redundant sector from the middle of the twentieth century. The book challenges this by linking the early-twentieth-century employment of maids and cooks to later practices of employing au pairs, mothers helps, and cleaners. Domestic service was a persistent and widespread institution, in which working-clas ... More

Keywords: domestic service, modern Britain, twentieth century, laughter, mistress, maid, gender, class, ethnicity, migrant, employment, labour

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780199572946
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199572946.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Lucy Delap, author
Fellow and Director of Studies in History, St Catharine's College, Cambridge
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