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Work, labour and cleaning

The social contexts of outsourcing housework

Published

1 Jun 2019

Page count

216 pages

Series

Gender and Sociology

ISBN

978-1529201468

Dimensions

234 x 156 mm

Imprint

Bristol University Press
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Published

1 Jun 2019

Page count

216 pages

Series

Gender and Sociology

ISBN

978-1529201499

Dimensions

234 x 156 mm

Imprint

Bristol University Press
£26.99 £21.59You save £5.40 (20%)

Published

1 Jun 2019

Page count

216 pages

Series

Gender and Sociology

ISBN

978-1529201482

Dimensions

234 x 156 mm

Imprint

Bristol University Press
£26.99 £21.59You save £5.40 (20%)
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    The outsourcing of domestic work in the UK has been steadily rising since the 1970s, but there has been little research which has considered white British women working as independent cleaning service-providers.

    A cross-cultural analysis of two particular social contexts (one within the UK and one within India) based on new research argues that outsourced domestic cleaning can be undertaken either as work (using mental and manual skills) or as labour (usually defined as unskilled, 'natural' women’s work) depending on the social context and working conditions. The book challenges feminist dogma and popular myths about housework.

    Lotika Singha received her doctorate in women’s studies from the University of York. Her research interests centre on social inequalities in everyday life and cross-cultural theories across various population groups.

    Introduction;

    Feminist approaches to paid domestic work: a critique;

    Demographic considerations in outsourced domestic cleaning in the study areas;

    The politics of outsourcing cleaning in (middle-class) households;

    The imperfect contours of paid domestic work as dirty work;

    Domestic cleaning: work or labour?;

    Meanings of domestic cleaning as work and as labour;

    Cultural injustices in the occupational relations of domestic cleaning as work and as labour;

    Conclusion: the case for reconciliation;

    Appendices.