The Representation of ‘Baby-Farmers’ in the Scottish City, 1867–1908

Hinks, Jim (2014) The Representation of ‘Baby-Farmers’ in the Scottish City, 1867–1908. Women's History Review, 23 (4). pp. 560-576. ISSN 0961-2025

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This article explores the manner in which women who provided paid childcare in Scotland were represented and collectively labelled with the pejorative term ‘babyfarmer’ across a forty-year period. It seeks to link the figure of the ‘baby-farmer’ to a wider sphere of discourses and moral frameworks than previously attempted, drawing parallels with other women engaged in processes of semi-public exchange. In so doing the article suggests a more complex articulation of gendered and spatial identity. In particular it asserts that the portrayal of these women was inextricably linked to wider conceptions of the Scottish city and that these pre-existing notions of urban space were integral to the representation of gender.

Item Type: Article
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Arts and Humanities > School of History
Depositing User: LivePure Connector
Date Deposited: 04 Jul 2022 09:31
Last Modified: 24 Sep 2022 18:40
DOI: 10.1080/09612025.2014.894757

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