Feeding the Family: The Social Organization of Caring and Gendered Work

Feeding the Family: The Social Organization of Caring and Gendered Work

by Marjorie L. DeVault
     
 

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

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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.

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Drawing from interviews conducted in 1982-83 with members of a diverse group of urban American households, DeVault (sociology and women's studies, Syracuse U.) reveals the effort and skill behind the can become oppressive for women, drawing them into social relations that construct and maintain their subordinate position in household life. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780226143590
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
Publication date:
10/15/1991
Series:
Women in Culture and Society Series
Pages:
284
Product dimensions:
6.32(w) x 9.34(h) x 0.85(d)

Meet the Author

Marjorie L. DeVault is associate professor in the Department of Sociology and the Women's Studies Program at Syracuse University.

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