I can manage my own business affairs : female industrial workers in Halifax at the turn of the twentieth century

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dc.contributor.advisor Reid, John G., 1948-
dc.coverage.spatial Nova Scotia
dc.creator Myers, Sharon, 1964-
dc.date.accessioned 2011-05-09T12:31:52Z
dc.date.available 2011-05-09T12:31:52Z
dc.date.issued 1989
dc.identifier.other HD6068.2 N26 M93 1989
dc.identifier.uri http://library2.smu.ca/xmlui/handle/01/22322
dc.description v, 109 leaves ; 28 cm.
dc.description Includes bibliographical references (leaves 97-109).
dc.description.abstract Marking the period of time between childhood and marriage, a significant proportion of young women engaged themselves in factory work and at-home work for local industries as the twentieth century turned in Halifax. They clustered in certain industries, but their concentrated groupings did not signify unity and solidarity. The structure of the workplaces and the edicts of late Victorian society combined to discourage women from attempting to make themselves a great unity. Theirs is not a history of radical activism. While structural forces influenced the way women shaped their lives, so too did cultural forces. Clearly the women reaffirmed for one another their roles in the domestic sphere. Further, the edicts of late Victorian society confirmed, indeed prescribed, women's domestic role. Caught in the spirit of Victorian conservatism, social reforms advocated the maintenance of women's influence and participation within the domestic sphere. The very culture of Victorian society set young industrial women on a path to domesticity upon marriage. As a result of these factors, women who were engaged in industry saw themselves merely as temporary workers. To amass and struggle for change, women resorted to individual assertions of autonomy and personal expressions of struggle. The potential for radical change which accompanied women's increasing participation in the public sphere was, in the end, not realized.
dc.language.iso en
dc.publisher Halifax, N.S. : Saint Mary's University
dc.subject.lcc HD6068.2.N26
dc.subject.lcsh Women -- Employment -- Nova Scotia -- Halifax
dc.subject.lcsh Women -- Social conditions -- Nova Scotia -- Halifax
dc.subject.lcsh Working class women -- Nova Scotia -- Halifax -- Social conditions
dc.subject.lcsh Women -- Nova Scotia -- Halifax -- Employment
dc.title I can manage my own business affairs : female industrial workers in Halifax at the turn of the twentieth century
dc.type Text
thesis.degree.name Master of Arts in Atlantic Canada Studies
thesis.degree.level Masters
thesis.degree.discipline Atlantic Canada Studies Program
thesis.degree.grantor Saint Mary's University (Halifax, N.S.)


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