Domesticating Electricity: Technology, Uncertainty and Gender, 1880-1914

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Pickering & Chatto, 2008 - History - 292 pages
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This is an innovative and original socio-cultural study of the history of electricity during the late Victorian and Edward periods. Gooday shows how technology, authority and gender interacted in pre-World War I Britain. The rapid take-up of electrical light and domestic appliances on both sides of the Atlantic had a wide-ranging effect on consumer habits and the division of labour within the home. Electricity was viewed by non-experts as potential threat to domestic order and welfare. This broadly interdisciplinary study relates to a website developed by the author on the history of electricity.

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The Uncertain Identity of Electricity
Electricity as Danger
Electricity as Safety

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Graeme Gooday is Senior Lecturer in the History of Science at the University of Leeds. He is the author of The Morals of Measurement: Accuracy, Irony and Trust in Late Victorian Electrical Practice (Cambridge 2004).

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