Feeding the Family by Marjorie L. DeVault
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Feeding the Family
By Marjorie L. DeVault

Feeding the Family

The Social Organization of Caring as Gendered Work New edition

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Feeding the Family by Marjorie L. DeVault

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Housework--often trivialized or simply overlooked in public discourse--contributes in a complex and essential way to the form that families and societies assume. In this innovative study, Marjorie L. DeVault explores the implications of "feeding the family" from the perspective of those who do that work. Along the way, DeVault offers a new vocabulary for discussing nurturance as a basis of group life and sociability. Drawing from interviews conducted in 1982-83 in a diverse group of American households, DeVault reveals the effort and skill behind the "invisible" work of shopping, cooking, and serving meals. She then shows how this work can become oppressive for women, drawing them into social relations that construct and maintain their subordinate position in household life.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780226143606
ISBN-10: 0226143600
Format: Paperback
(232mm x 154mm x 16mm)
Pages: 284
Imprint: University of Chicago Press
Publisher: The University of Chicago Press
Publish Date: 1-Feb-1994
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Marjorie L. DeVault

Marjorie L. DeVault is associate professor in the Department of Sociology and the Women's Studies Program at Syracuse University.

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