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A study of domestic service in Canada Pedlar, David John


This paper is a study of domestic service in Canada. It accomplishes several objectives: (1) connects domestic service with the literature on housework; (2) presents a numerical profile describing the decline of domestic service as a component of the Canadian labour force 1891-1971; (3) explains the decline of domestic service relative to immigration and the growth of other feminized segments of the labour force; (4) identifies the work context of domestic service; (5) describes and explains the treatment of domestic servants in British Columbia labour statutes 1900-1981.

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