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Eileen Cynthia Boris
University of California, Santa Barbara (Santa Barbara, CA 93106-0001)

Fellowships for University Teachers
Research Programs

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$40,000 (approved)
$40,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
7/1/2005 – 6/30/2006

A History of Housekeepers, Health Aides, and Personal Attendants in the American Home Workplace

This project gives home health aides and personal attendants a history, tracing the roots of home care not only in the work of visiting nurses, but also in private and government homemaker/housekeeper programs for families with incapacitated mothers, community services for the aged under Social Security, the independent living movement among the disabled, and welfare reform. It contextualizes the disassociation of home labor with employment, helping to explain how work valued as a labor of love when undertaken by a parent or spouse became a low skilled job when done for a wage.