Looking at a variety of archival material including populist texts such as Isabella Beeton’s The Book of Household Management, diaries, letters, illustrations, advertisements, cartoons, photographs and paintings it illustrates the home and its mistress were key generative ‘spaces’ for the care of populations whose members could be expected to create and maintain the robust communities and nations needed for imperial ambitions of various kinds. Thus, during the decades in question the narratives, discourses, and practices of healthy and natural domesticity were entangled with others equally and intensely biopolitical and governmental. The book interrogates these intricate socio-spatial relationships and their long reach and effect.
|Introduction / 1. Her first duty: Natural beauty in the service of a healthy population/ 2. Until the lungs have been emptied: Fitness for race, nation, and empire / 3. The song of the skirt: Dress reform … raw nature, cultured conduct / 4. Good breeding: Combatting the decline of the population / 5. The hand that rocks the cradle: governing the new frontiers of child-rearing / 6. Cleanliness is next to godliness: entrenching the new domestic science / 7. In the fair fresh gardens of home: regulating the health of the domestic and other spheres / Conclusion / Bibliography / Index|