Feeding the Family The Social Organization of Caring as Gendered Work

ISBN-10: 0226143600

ISBN-13: 9780226143606

Edition: 1991

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Description: 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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Book details

List price: $28.00
Copyright year: 1991
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Publication date: 7/15/1994
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 284
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.100
Language: English

Foreword
Acknowledgments
Introduction
The Work of ""Feeding a Family""
Doing Family Meals
Provisioning
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
Conclusion
Appendix: Profiles of Named Informants
References
Index
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