The Bathroom: A Social History of Cleanliness and the Body, 1st Edition

  • Alison K. Hoagland
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  • ISBN-10: 1440852677
  • ISBN-13: 9781440852671
  • DDC: 391.6
  • 216 Pages | eBook
  • Original Copyright 2018 | Published/Released April 2019
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2018

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This book is the first scholarly treatment of the American bathroom as a space in the house, through nearly two centuries. After a brief nod to precedents set by other countries and to elements of the bathroom that may be placed in different parts of the house, this book traces the development of the bathroom in the American house since the Civil War, when the bathroom began to take shape. The bathroom is considered in light of many socially relevant themes, such as cleanliness, sanitation, technology, and consumerism. Taken as a whole, the book bridges the gap between the public and private infrastructure of the bathroom and reveals the ways in which the space transforms its occupants into consumers. Its language is jargon-free, making it ideal for students, general readers, and researchers.

Table of Contents

Front Cover.
Half Title Page.
Recent Titles in History of Human Spaces.
Title Page.
Copyright Page.
Preface: the Personal and the Public In the American Home.
1: Cleanliness: Preceding the Bathroom.
2: Sanitation: Creating the Bathroom.
3: Technology: Furnishing the Bathroom.
4: Infrastructure: Connecting the Bathroom.
5: Inequality: Acquiring the Bathroom.
6: Privacy: Locating the Bathroom.
7: Consumerism: Equipping the Bathroom.
8: Personal Care: Selling the Bathroom.
9: Beyond Cleanliness: Expanding the Bathroom.
10: Current Issues: Using the Bathroom.
Conclusion: Personal And Public.
About the Author.