Germs in the English Workplace, c.18801945 (häftad)
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2 Tables, black and white; 10 Halftones, black and white; 10 Illustrations, black and white
234 x 156 x 12 mm
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449:B&W 6.14 x 9.21 in or 234 x 156 mm (Royal 8vo) Perfect Bound on White w/Matte Lam
Germs in the English Workplace, c.18801945 (häftad)

Germs in the English Workplace, c.18801945

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This book looks at how the workplace was transformed through a greater awareness of the roles that germs played in English working lives from c.1880 to 1945. Cutting across a diverse array of occupational settings such as the domestic kitchen, the milking shed, the factory, and the Post Office it offers new perspectives on the history of the germ sciences. It brings to light the ways in which germ scientists sought to transform English working lives through new types of technical and educational interventions that sought to both eradicate and instrumentalise germs. It then asks how we can measure and judge the success of such interventions by tracing how workers responded to the potential applications of the germ sciences through their participation in friendly societies, trade unions, colleges, and volunteer organisations. Throughout the book, close attention is paid to reconstructing vernacular traditions of working with invisible life in order to better understand both the successes and failures of the germ sciences to transform the working practices and material conditions of different workplaces. The result is a more diverse history of the peoples, politics, and practices that went into shaping the germ sciences in late nineteenth- and early twentieth-century England.
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"The major strength of this monograph is the remarkable number of subdisciplines to which it speaks. As the book is primarily pitched as a history of science, it will of course be of interest to historians of science and medicine. And, naturally, it should be considered essential reading to labor historians for its insights into workers everyday lives. But this is only the tip of the iceberg of subdisciplines from which scholars should be eager to get hold of this book. Germs in the English Workplace offers content of interest for historians of education, women and gender, material culture and empire, and many more, and it has a rich potential to attract readers from outside academia." - Katie Carpenter, Journal of British Studies

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Laura Newman is currently Postdoctoral Research Associate based at Kings College London.


Introduction 1. Germs and the Working-Class Body: Redefining Tuberculosis at the Post Office Sanatorium Society 2. Handling Germs in the Post Office 3. Learning About Dairy Germs in the Midlands 4. Eradicating and Instrumentalising Dairy Germs 5. Poisons, Pastes, and Pigs: Shippams of Chichester and the Industrial Food Germ 6. Domesticating the Germ Sciences: Jams and Gender in the English Kitchen. Conclusion