The Gender of Breadwinners

The Gender of Breadwinners

Women, Men, and Change in Two Industrial Towns, 1880-1950

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Extending through seventy crucial years, these closely textured case studies challenge conventional views about the distinctiveness of gender and class roles.


This is a story of two Ontario towns, Hanover and Paris, that grew in many parallel ways. They were about the same size, and both were primarily one-industry towns. But Hanover was a furniture-manufacturing centre; most of its workers were men, drawn from a community of ethnic German artisans and agriculturalists. In Paris the biggest employer was the textile industry; most of its wage earners were women, assisted in emigration from England by their Canadian employer.

Joy Parr considers the impacy of these fundamental differences from a feminist perspective in her study of the towns' industrial, domestic, and community life. She combines interviews of women and men of the towns with analyses of a wide range of documents: records of the firms from which their families worked, newspapers, tax records, paintings, photographs, and government documents.

Two surprising and contrasting narratives emerge. The effects of gender identities upon both women's and men's workplace experience and of economic roles upon familial relationships are starkly apparent.

Extending through seventy crucial years, these closely textured case studies challenge conventional views about the distinctiveness of gender and class roles. They reconfigure the social and economic change accompanying the rise of industry. They insistently transcend the reflexive dichtomies drawn between womena dn men, public and privae, wage and non-wage work. They investigate industrial structure, technological change, domesticity, militance, and perceptions of personal power and worth, simultaneously as products of gender and class identities, recast through community sensibilities.



University of Toronto Press

Winner of the Winner of the Fran¦ois-Xavier Garneau Medal, the John A. Macdonald Prize (1990), and the Harold Adam Innis Prize award by the Humanities and Social Sciences Federation of Canada

Publisher: Toronto, Ont. : University of Toronto Press, 1990
ISBN: 9781442681347
1442681349
9780802058539
9780802067609
0802067603
0802058531
Characteristics: 1 online resource (xiii, 314 pages) : illustrations

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