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Nanny Families

Practices of Care by Nannies, Au Pairs, Parents and Children in Sweden

Published

31 Jul 2019

Page count

192 pages

Series

Sociology of Children and Families

ISBN

978-1529201512

Dimensions

234 x 156 mm

Imprint

Bristol University Press
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Published

31 Jul 2019

Page count

192 pages

Series

Sociology of Children and Families

ISBN

978-1529201550

Dimensions

234 x 156 mm

Imprint

Bristol University Press
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Published

31 Jul 2019

Page count

192 pages

Series

Sociology of Children and Families

ISBN

978-1529201543

Dimensions

234 x 156 mm

Imprint

Bristol University Press
£24.99 £19.99You save £5.00 (20%)
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    Paying privately for childcare is a growing phenomenon worldwide, a trend mirrored in Sweden despite the prevalence there of publicly funded daycare. This book combines theories of family practices, care and childhood studies with the personal perspectives of nannies, au pairs, parents and children to provide new understandings of what constitutes care in nanny families.

    The authors investigate the ways in which all the participants experience the caring situation, and expose the possibilities and problems of nanny and au pair care. Their study illuminates the ways in which paid domestic care workers 'do' family and care; in doing so, it contributes to wider political and scientific discussions of inequalities at the global and local level, reproduced in and between families, in the context of rapidly changing welfare states.

    “By including the accounts of parents, nannies and au pairs and children, this lively study throws light on themes of family and employment that will become increasingly important.” David Morgan, University of Manchester

    Introduction: Nannies, Au Pairs, Parents and Children in Sweden

    Researching Families and Paid Domestic Care

    Parents Emplying Nannies and Au Pairs

    Nannies and Au Pairs Doing Care

    Children's Narratives of Nanny and Au Pair Care

    Caring Complexities: Care Situations and Ambiguous Expectations

    Conclusion: Doing Nanny Familiies