The Bathroom: A Social History of Cleanliness and the Body

The Bathroom: A Social History of Cleanliness and the Body

by Alison K. Hoagland


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This book gives a complete history of the American bathroom and describes how the smallest yet most complex room in the American house is at the nexus of personal behavior and public investment.

• Offers a comprehensive overview of the history of the American bathroom

• Provides a detailed look at the material culture of the bathroom

• Focuses on the bathroom as a social space of consumers

• Includes chapters that connect the bathroom with the public infrastructure (e.g., sanitation, technology) that surrounds it

• Features 20 images that show the historical progression of the bathroom in American homes

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781440852664
Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
Publication date: 08/24/2018
Series: History of Human Spaces
Pages: 192
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Alison K. Hoagland is professor emerita at Michigan Technological University, where she taught history and historic preservation after serving as senior historian at the Historic American Buildings Survey of the National Park Service.

Table of Contents

Preface: The Personal and the Public in the American Home vii

Acknowledgments xi

Chronology xiii

1 Cleanliness: Preceding the Bathroom 1

2 Sanitation: Creating the Bathroom 17

3 Technology: Furnishing the Bathroom 31

4 Infrastructure: Connecting the Bathroom 49

5 Inequality: Acquiring the Bathroom 65

6 Privacy: Locating the Bathroom 83

7 Consumerism: Equipping the Bathroom 101

8 Personal Care: Selling the Bathroom 115

9 Beyond Cleanliness: Expanding the Bathroom 131

10 Current Issues: Using the Bathroom 147

Conclusion: Personal and Public 161

Glossary 163

Bibliography 167

Index 185

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