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Feeding the Family : The Social Organization of Caring as Gendered Work - Marjorie L. DeVault

Feeding the Family

The Social Organization of Caring as Gendered Work

Paperback Published: 1st January 1991
ISBN: 9780226143606
Number Of Pages: 284

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Housework-often trivialized or simply overlooked in public discourse-contributes in a complex and essential way to the form that families and societies assume. In this innovative study, Marjorie L. DeVault explores the implications of "feeding the family" from the perspective of those who do that work. Along the way, DeVault offers a new vocabulary for discussing nurturance as a basis of group life and sociability.

Drawing from interviews conducted in 1982-83 in a diverse group of American households, DeVault reveals the effort and skill behind the "invisible" work of shopping, cooking, and serving meals. She then shows how this work can become oppressive for women, drawing them into social relations that construct and maintain their subordinate position in household life.

The Work of ""Feeding a Family""
Doing Family Meals
Constructing the Family
Organization of the Work
Feeding as ""Women's Work""
Never Done
Conflict and Deference
Feeding Work and Social Class
Affluence and Poverty
The Significance of Style
Appendix: Profiles of Named Informants
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ISBN: 9780226143606
ISBN-10: 0226143600
Series: Women in Culture and Society Series
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 284
Published: 1st January 1991
Publisher: The University of Chicago Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.2 x 15.4  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.4
Edition Type: New edition