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The socio-economic role of domestic service as a factor of european identity


It was long expected that domestic service would disappear, that technological progress would eliminate it. Today, recourse to domestic help is still frequent. Their number is perhaps even increasing, due a wide range of reasons: current changes in labour organisation, including women's increasing presence in the labour market, increasing number of people living alone requiring domestic help, especially the elderly, growing immigration to EC from less favoured areas. Interest already exists in the European servant population of the past. This population represented about a fourth of the young generation, and about 10% of total population. Servants were the most mobile element and were major actors in changing mentalities. Creating development models for such a social group would not only shed new light on European social change in past centuries, but would also offer long term interpretation schemes to better understand the present.

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