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Childcare Struggles, Maternal Workers and Social Reproduction

By Maud Perrier

Published

Feb 1, 2022

Page count

160 pages

ISBN

978-1529214925

Dimensions

234 x 156 mm

Imprint

Bristol University Press

Published

Feb 1, 2022

Page count

160 pages

ISBN

978-1529214932

Dimensions

Imprint

Bristol University Press

Spanning the UK, Australia and Canada, 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.

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

Introduction

Counter Thinking from the Nursery: Theorizing Classed Femininity and Social Reproduction

Mothering the Mothers: Free Creches and Fragmented Collectives in Bristol, UK

A Selfish Strike: Early Years Educators Walkouts’ in Sydney, Australia

Resistant Nannies: Leïla Slimani’s Lullaby (2016) and The Filippino Domestic Workers Centre’s Nanay (2011)

Conclusions