Strangers in the Family: Work, Gender and the Origins of Old Age Homes

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Author/collaborator
Title
Strangers in the Family: Work, Gender and the Origins of Old Age Homes
Abstract
Through an examination of nineteenth century familial correspondence and the records of various Protestant charitable organizations in Quebec City and Montreal, the author explores the changing culture of family care during illness and old age. She offers a new interpretation for the foundation of asylums for women that emphasizes changing perceptions of the family, especially attitudes regarding the care of servants within the household. The author argues that the treatment of servants as both caregivers and those in need of medical care is an important yardstick to measure the decline of the patriarchal household and the emergence of more explicitly contractual relations between the classes.
Publication
Journal of Family History
Volume
Vol. 32
Issue
no. 4
Pages
371-391
Date
October 2007
Language
en
Citation
Christir, Nancy. “Strangers in the Family: Work, Gender and the Origins of Old Age Homes.” Journal of Family History Vol. 32, no. 4 (October 2007): 371–391.
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