Strangers in the Family: Work, Gender, and the Origins of Old Age Homes

Strangers in the Family: Work, Gender, and the Origins of Old Age Homes

Strangers in the Family: Work, Gender, and the Origins of Old Age Homes

Strangers in the Family: Work, Gender, and the Origins of Old Age Homess

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Référence bibliographique [2695]

Christie, Nancy. 2007. «Strangers in the Family: Work, Gender, and the Origins of Old Age Homes ». Journal of Family History, vol. 32, no 4, p. 371-391.

Fiche synthèse

1. Objectifs


Intentions :
Focus on the specific labor regime that lay at the root of orphans’ homes, homes for the aged, and the houses of industry (namely, the demand for female domestic labor) to fully explain both the widespread creation of asylums for the poor in the nineteenth century and their gendered bias toward women.

2. Méthode


Type de traitement des données :
Réflexion critique

3. Résumé


« Through an examination of nineteenth-century familial correspondence and the records of various Protestant charitable organizations in Quebec City and Montreal, this article explores the changing culture of family care during illness and old age. It posits a new interpretation for the foundation of asylums for women that emphasizes changing perceptions of the family, especially the attitudes regarding the care of servants within the household. Furthermore, it argues that the treatment of servants as both caregivers and those in need of medical care is an important yardstick by which to measure the waning of the patriarchal household and the emergence of more explicitly contractual relations between the classes. » (résumé)