Graeme Gooday

Graeme Gooday

Graeme Gooday is professor of history of science and technology at the University of Leeds.

Domesticating Electricity

Technology, Uncertainty and Gender, 1880–1914

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.