Rhetorical Functions in Academic Writing: Evaluating points of view

Exercise 3

1. Read the following text and identify the main point of view.

It is often assumed (Sanders, 1976; Wall, 1978) that, with the rise of factory production, men said goodbye to their wives and children and marched happily off to work, only rejoining their families at the end of the day.

2. Use information from the following quotation to evaluate the text above by pointing out that it is not true.

Industrialisation did not result immediately in a differentiation between domestic and industrial labour tied to gender, and the isolation of the family. On the contrary, all members of the family were employed in the factories and the mines, and women and children were only gradually excluded against the vigorous opposition of the factory owners and very often of the husbands and parents.

(M. Harris, 1977, p. 68).

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