The chapter analyzes multiple concepts and arrangement of work from late medieval times to the present in Europe and America taking the household as a vantage point. Households were and are not only the site of female, unpaid and/or (allegedly) unproductive activities. Both women and men, girls and boys performed and perform a wide range of tasks, though often highly gendered: home-based work, care-work, unpaid market work, domestic service, housekeeping. Such activities underwent a “delaborization” from the eighteenth century onward, being increasingly considered different from proper work. Today many of them are not included in the official calculations of GDP. This exclusion represents a serious (and contested) gender bias.

What is Work? Gender at the Crossroads of Home, Family, and Business from the Early Modern Era to the Present. Introduction.

Raffaella Sarti;
2018-01-01

Abstract

The chapter analyzes multiple concepts and arrangement of work from late medieval times to the present in Europe and America taking the household as a vantage point. Households were and are not only the site of female, unpaid and/or (allegedly) unproductive activities. Both women and men, girls and boys performed and perform a wide range of tasks, though often highly gendered: home-based work, care-work, unpaid market work, domestic service, housekeeping. Such activities underwent a “delaborization” from the eighteenth century onward, being increasingly considered different from proper work. Today many of them are not included in the official calculations of GDP. This exclusion represents a serious (and contested) gender bias.
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