A Hidden Workforce: Homeworkers in England, 1850–1985 by Shelley Pennington

By Shelley Pennington

Homeworkers are typically girls who paintings of their personal houses for an outdoor organisation and are paid on a one-piece foundation. The paintings is mostly unskilled and of a monotonous and repetitive nature. the commercial prestige of the homeworker has little or not anything in universal with the self sustaining craftsman operating in his own residence ahead of the onset of industrialization; homeworkers paintings with no supervision and feature no actual touch with their employers or sub-contractors other than whilst gathering or returning paintings. This quantity is an research of the industrial and social place of the predominantly woman labour strength of the homework industries from 1850 to 1985. The textual content examines adjustments that experience happened within the composition of the labour strength, the choices open to ladies and the categories and geographical position of homework. The authors severely overview makes an attempt to enhance the location of homeworkers and touch upon the customers for homeworking sooner or later.

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Leave off and get to work by 9 come at one. . That was hard work in them days and bad pay. Single working-class women made up a substantial section of the homework labour force, but especially in the rural districts where little or no alternative employment was available. A home industry such as straw plaiting, glovemaking or lace-making would commonly be preferable to residential domestic service which often meant leaving one's family, friends and community. The children of working-class parents were also a very important category of home labour in both rural and urban home industries.

14 An analysis of the categories of women taking in homework and their reasons for choosing homework clearly illustrates that women's social status in society spills over into the economic sphere and in this instance results in the formation of a captive labour force upon which a system of homeworking is entirely dependent. Conversely, women's weak economic status, achieved by denying her access to the better-paid and more skilled jobs and the association of 'women's work' with unpaid homework, brand women as subordinate creatures inferior to and dependent on men.

Leave off and get to work by 9 come at one. . That was hard work in them days and bad pay. Single working-class women made up a substantial section of the homework labour force, but especially in the rural districts where little or no alternative employment was available. A home industry such as straw plaiting, glovemaking or lace-making would commonly be preferable to residential domestic service which often meant leaving one's family, friends and community. The children of working-class parents were also a very important category of home labour in both rural and urban home industries.

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