The Messy Work of Child Care: Addressing Feminists' Neglect of Child Care Workers

  • Allison Tom University of British Columbia


In studies of extra-family child care, feminists have generally attended to the needs and experiences of mothers purchasing care and, to a lesser extent, to the needs of children in care. Feminists have tended to neglect the experiences of women who care for children as a subject of research. This paper argues that the study of child care as work can contribute to the growing challenge to academic feminism's focus on relatively privileged women. Such research simultaneously widens the frame of the lens of study to a larger group of women and challenges dichotomous frames of research and interpretations.
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