Social change, the institution of service and youth: The case of service in the lives of rural-born Dutch women, 1840-1940

Hilde Bras*

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This article investigates the antecedents, experience and consequences of service in the lives of rural-born Dutch women within the urbanizing and industrializing context of the second half of the nineteenth century and the first half of the twentieth. The decision to enter service was often taken by the girl's parents against the background of a distress-ridden household. From the latter part of the nineteenth century, the migration fields of servants widened, with women more often serving in middle-class households in the growing large cities. The consequences of out-migration to these urban and more diverse labour and marriage markets, and for some women also the educational work setting of urban service itself, were that larger proportions of women contracted advantageous marriages and settled outside their rural region of birth.
Originele taal-2English
Pagina's (van-tot)241-264
Aantal pagina's24
TijdschriftContinuity and Change
Nummer van het tijdschrift2
StatusPublished - aug-2004
Extern gepubliceerdJa

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