Enoch explores how three different groups of women workers—teachers, domestic scientists, and World War II factory employees—contended with the physical and ideological space of the home, examining how this everyday yet powerful space thwarted or enabled their financial and familial security as well as their intellectual engagements and work-related opportunities.
Domestic Occupations demonstrates a multimodal and multigenre research method for conducting spatio-rhetorical analysis that serves as a model for new kinds of thinking and new kinds of scholarship. This study adds historical depth and exigency to an important contemporary conversation in the public sphere about how women’s ties to the home inflect their access to work and professional advancement.
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“As a feminist rhetoric project, Domestic Occupations is a smart, savvy book written by a scholar well grounded in traditional rhetorics and able to think outside that box.”—Krista Ratcliffe, coeditor of Rhetorics of Whiteness: Postracial Hauntings in Popular Culture, Social Media, and Education
“Enoch has unearthed a veritable treasure trove of archival and primary materials to demonstrate how networks of power animate the spaces that open up or close down opportunities for the women who inhabit them. This book will be taken up in graduate seminars across the country and will surely elicit a whole new generation of scholarship on women’s work and the spaces in which it occurs.”—Andrea Lunsford, author of EasyWriter
“Domestic Occupations offers rich insights for rhetorical scholars, feminist scholars, and anyone interested in spatial rhetorics and the feminization of professions. Offering meticulous archival research and several fascinating case studies, Enoch significantly pays close attention to the assumed whiteness and middle class of the discourse she analyzes.”—Gesa Kirsch, coauthor of Feminist Rhetorical Practices: New Horizons for Rhetoric, Composition, and Literacy Studies