Farmwives, domesticity and work in late nineteenth-century Ireland

Katie Barclay*

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Despite the growing significance of the ideology of domesticity and changing farming practices, late nineteenth and early twentieth-century Irish farmwives continued to have an active economic role on the farm. The continuation of their economic role reflected wider cultural beliefs that saw work as central to claims to property ownership, reinforced by the growth in the language of economic and political rights during the nineteenth century, which shaped how men and women understood work, ownership and personal rights.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)143-160
Number of pages18
JournalRural History
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2013
Externally publishedYes


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