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Childcare Struggles, Maternal Workers and Social Reproduction

By Maud Perrier

Published

Feb 11, 2022

Page count

160 pages

ISBN

978-1529214925

Dimensions

234 x 156 mm

Imprint

Bristol University Press

Published

Feb 11, 2022

Page count

160 pages

ISBN

978-1529214932

Dimensions

Imprint

Bristol University Press
Childcare Struggles, Maternal Workers and Social Reproduction

Spanning the UK and Australia, this comparative study brings maternal workers’ politicized voices to the centre of contemporary debates on childcare, work and gender.

The book illustrates how maternal workers continue to organize against low pay, exploitative working conditions and state retrenchment and provides a unique theorization of feminist divisions and solidarities that characterize childcare struggles.

Bringing together social reproduction with maternal studies, this is a resonating call to build a cross sectoral intersectional movement around childcare. Maud Perrier shows why social reproduction needs to be at the centre of a critical theory of work, care and mothering for post-pandemic times.

"Perrier’s 'maternal worker power' built across workplaces and communities re-imagines childcare movement politics from an anti-racist, feminist perspective. The book expertly showcases social reproduction theory’s potential as a powerful analytic lens." Susan Ferguson, Wilfrid Laurier University

Maud Perrier is Senior Lecturer in Sociology in the School of Sociology, Politics and International Studies at the University of Bristol.

Introduction

1. Counter Thinking from the Nursery: Theorizing Contemporary Childcare Movements

2. Selfish Strikers and Intimate Unions: Early Years Educators Walkouts’ and the Big Steps Campaign, Australia

3. Mothering the Mothers: Stratified Depletion and Austerity in Bristol, UK

4. At the Table or Thrown under the Bus: Migrant Nannies’ Organizing and Childcare Coalitions during the COVID 19 Pandemic

5. Maternal Worker Power

Pandemic Postscript