Domesticating Electricity

Technology, Uncertainty and Gender, 1880–1914

Gooday's valuable study brings new nuance to our understanding of the process of electrification and the diverse valences of electricity before World War I . . . a truly excellent book.
Annals of Science

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.

February, 2018

isbn : 9780822965299

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Graeme Gooday

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

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