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Untangling the Mother-Nanny Knot

Cameron Lynne Macdonald

in Shadow Mothers

Published by University of California Press

Published in print September 2011 | ISBN: 9780520222328
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520947818 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520222328.003.0010
Untangling the Mother-Nanny Knot

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This concluding chapter sums up the key findings of this study on the micropolitics of nannies. Across the childcare spectrum, caregivers seek to be valued with both fair pay and recognition for their caring and altruism: a tension that is central to the frustrations of the nannies interviewed for this study. The result also reveals that intensive mothering is inherently class-based and that the conflicts between nannies and mothers arise primarily from the class-based nature of mothering ideologies.

Keywords: nannies; micropolitics; childcare; fair pay; recognition; intensive mothering; class-based nature; mothering ideologies

Chapter.  4677 words. 

Subjects: Gender and Sexuality

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