Here is a list of books related to issues in home economics. Although this is helpful, I don't want to contribute to stereotypes about home ec, as if it is always womens' work, even if the discourse makes it look that way. Men work in the home too, but you will be hard-pressed to find books devoted to the topic. Some of these books do include how men have participated in the practice and profession. In general, most deal with women. Remember, home economics isn't just about the home either - it's about how we live each day with the connections to and influences of the external economies, and how we negotiate our practices. The reference format is APA style because that is now permanently ingrained in my brain!
Stage, S. and Vincenti, V.B. (Eds.). (1997). Rethinking home economics: Women and the history of a profession. Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press.
Hayden, D. (1976). Seven American utopias: The architecture of communitarian
socialism, 1790-1975. Cambridge, MA: The MIT Press.
Hayden, D. (1981). The grand domestic revolution: A history of feminist designs for
American homes, neighborhoods, and cities. Cambridge, MA: The MIT Press.
Hayden, D. (2004). Domesticating urban space. In M. Wheeler and T. Beatley (Eds.), The sustainable urban development reader (pp. 150-156). New York, NY: Routledge.
Dublin, T. (1979). Women at work: The transformation of work and community in
Lowell, Massachusetts, 1826-1860. New York, NY: Columbia University Press.
Rury, J.L. (1991). Education and women's work: Female schooling and the division of labor in urban America, 1870-1930. Albany, NY: State University of New York Press.
Talbot, M. (1910). The education of women. Chicago, IL: University of Chicago Press.
Sharma, U. (1986). Women's work, class, and the urban household: A study of Shimla, North India. New York, NY: Tavistock Publications.
Hennessy, R. and Ingraham, C. (1997). Materialist feminism: A reader in class, difference, and women's lives. New York, NY: Routledge.