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Servicing the Middle Classes : Class, Gender and Waged Domestic Work in Contemporary Britain - Nicky Gregson

Servicing the Middle Classes

Class, Gender and Waged Domestic Work in Contemporary Britain

Hardcover Published: 18th July 2005
ISBN: 9780415085304
Number Of Pages: 327

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"Servicing the Middle Classes" investigates the resurgence in demand for waged domestic labor in Britain during the 1980s and early 1990s and the consequent growth of a new "servant" class. Examining the conditions and trends which have cojoined to produce and reproduce this labor force, the books draws extensively on two case studies to explore the day-to-day practices, composition, geography of demand, and social relations of the two major forms of waged domestic labor in contemporary Britain--nannies and cleaners.
The book concludes by considering the effects of the ideologies of motherhood, false kinship relations, and caring on the ways in which domestic workers are employed, and examines the broader theoretical implications of the study for debates on class and gender and its implications for feminist politics.

List of Figures
List of Tables
Introduction: Waged Domestic Labour in Contemporary Britainp. 3
The Geography of Waged Domestic Labour in Britain in the 1980sp. 9
Perspectives on Waged Domestic Labourp. 51
Unpacking Demandp. 76
Unpacking Supplyp. 122
Nanny Employment in Contemporary Britainp. 168
Cleaner Employment in Contemporary Britainp. 207
Theoretical and Political Reflectionsp. 231
App. 2.1 Occupational categories and totals, Britain: 1981-91p. 242
App. 2.2 Occupational categories and totals, north-east and south-east England, 1981-91p. 246
App. 2.3 Occupational categories by county, England, 1981-91p. 249
App. 2.4 Categories of advertised demand by county, England, 1981-91p. 253
App. 2.5 Categories of advertised demand by postcode area, London, 1981-91p. 274
App. 2.6 The north-east and south-east workplace surveysp. 284
App. 5.1 Labour force characteristicsp. 286
App. 6.1 Nanny employment: terms and conditionsp. 291
App. 6.2 Household expenditure on waged domestic labourp. 293
Notesp. 294
Glossaryp. 305
Bibliographyp. 307
Name indexp. 322
Subject indexp. 325
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ISBN: 9780415085304
ISBN-10: 0415085306
Series: International Studies of Women and Place
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 327
Published: 18th July 2005
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 24.77 x 16.51  x 3.18
Weight (kg): 0.89
Edition Number: 1