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Shadow mothers : nannies, au pairs, and the micropolitics of mothering

Author: Cameron Lynne Macdonald
Publisher: Berkeley ; London : University of California Press, ©2011.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Shadow Mothers shines much-needed new light on an aspect of contemporary motherhood often hidden from view: the need for paid childcare by women returning to the workforce, and the complex bonds mothers forge with the "shadow mothers" they hire. Cameron Macdonald illuminates both sides of an admittedly unequal relationship, one that is complicated in surprising ways.
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Cameron Lynne Macdonald
ISBN: 9780520222328 0520222326 9780520266971 0520266978
OCLC Number: 712768466
Description: xiv, 272 pages ; 23 cm
Contents: Introduction: childcare on trial --
Mother-employers: blanket accountability at home and at work --
Nannies on the market --
"They're too poor and they all smoke": ethnic logics and childcare hiring decisions --
Managing a home-centered childhood: intensive mothering by proxy --
Creating shadow mothers --
The "third-parent" ideal --
Nanny resistance strategies --
Partnerships: seeking a new model --
Untangling the mother-nanny knot.
Responsibility: Cameron Lynne Macdonald.

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