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Extreme Domesticity: A View from the Margins

Susan Fraiman


Domesticity gets a bad rap. We associate it with stasis, bourgeois accumulation, banality, and conservative family values. Yet in Extreme Domesticity, Susan Fraiman reminds us that keeping house is just as likely to involve dislocation, economic insecurity, creative improvisation, and queered notions of family. Her book links terms often seen as antithetical: domestic knowledge coinciding with female masculinity, feminism, and divorce; domestic routines elaborated in the context of Victorian poverty, twentieth-century immigration, and new millennial homelessness. Far from being exclusively mid ... More

Keywords: Domesticity, Dwelling, Home, Domestic labor, Housework, Everyday life, Social reproduction, Homelessness, Women's magazines, Domestic advice

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780231166348
Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: January 2019 DOI:10.7312/columbia/9780231166348.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Susan Fraiman, author
University of Virginia