Making Care Work: Employed Mothers in the New Childcare Market

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Juni 2002



As ever more women work outside the home, many families employ childcare workers. In the absence of government regulations or social models that clearly define the childcare provider's role, mothers worry about the quality of their children's care.By connecting the personal level of mothers' daily experiences to the larger political, economic, and ideological context of child care, Lynet Uttal describes and explains how mothers rely on their relationship with the providers to monitor and influence the quality of care their children receive. Whereas other studies have emphasized how mothers undervalue and exploit providers, this book paints a more nuanced picture, arguing that the ties between adults who share the care of children creates neither heroes nor victims.This ethnography reveals that mothers are often reluctant to meet directly with their childcare providers to discuss concerns. Uttal shows how mothers walk a fine line between wanting to believe in the quality of care they have chosen, and the fact that they might have made a mistake. Catalyzed by their worries about the quality of care, mothers develop complex relationships with the women -- and most are women -- who look after their children.


LYNET UTTAL is an associate professor of human development and family studies at the University of Wisconsin, Madison.


"A lively and interesting account of an important aspect of modern family life, the connections between mothers and their children's caregivers. With great sensitivity and insight, Uttal shows how complex such relationships can be. The book stands out for its realism and recognition of ambivalence." - Julia Wrigley author of Other People's Children
EAN: 9780813531113
ISBN: 081353111X
Untertitel: Sprache: Englisch.
Erscheinungsdatum: Juni 2002
Seitenanzahl: 203 Seiten
Format: kartoniert
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