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

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Servicing the Middle Classes investigates the recent rise in demand by middle class families for waged domestic labor and the consequent growth of a new ``servant'' class. Examining the position of nannies and cleaners, Nicky Gregson and Michelle Lowe explore the national socio-economic trends which have led to this new phenomenon and the profound changes this reflects in our concepts of motherhood and gender relations.
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Table of Contents

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1 Introduction: Waged Domestic Labour in Contemporary Britain 3
2 The Geography of Waged Domestic Labour in Britain in the 1980s 9
3 Perspectives on Waged Domestic Labour 51
4 Unpacking Demand 76
5 Unpacking Supply 122
6 Nanny Employment in Contemporary Britain 168
7 Cleaner Employment in Contemporary Britain 207
8 Theoretical and Political Reflections 231
App. 2.1 Occupational categories and totals, Britain: 1981-91 242
App. 2.2 Occupational categories and totals, north-east and south-east England, 1981-91 246
App. 2.3 Occupational categories by county, England, 1981-91 249
App. 2.4 Categories of advertised demand by county, England, 1981-91 253
App. 2.5 Categories of advertised demand by postcode area, London, 1981-91 274
App. 2.6 The north-east and south-east workplace surveys 284
App. 5.1 Labour force characteristics 286
App. 6.1 Nanny employment: terms and conditions 291
App. 6.2 Household expenditure on waged domestic labour 293
Notes 294
Glossary 305
Bibliography 307
Name index 322
Subject index 325
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