What is Work?: Gender at the Crossroads of Home, Family, and Business from the Early Modern Era to the Present

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Raffaella Sarti, Anna Bellavitis, Manuela Martini
Berghahn Books, 21 set 2018 - 398 pagine
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Every society throughout history has defined what counts as work and what doesn’t. And more often than not, those lines of demarcation are inextricable from considerations of gender. What Is Work? offers a multi-disciplinary approach to understanding labor within the highly gendered realm of household economies. Drawing from scholarship on gender history, economic sociology, family history, civil law, and feminist economics, these essays explore the changing and often contested boundaries between what was and is considered work in different Euro-American contexts over several centuries, with an eye to the ambiguities and biases that have shaped mainstream conceptions of work across all social sectors.

 

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Introduction What Is Work?
1
Part 1 Setting the Scene
85
Chapter 1 Family Work
89
Chapter 2 Productive and Reproductive Work
114
Chapter 3 The Home as a Factory
139
Part 2 The Cunning Historian
161
Chapter 4 The Statistical Construction of Womens Work and the Male Breadwinner Economy in Spain 18561930
165
Chapter 5 Toiling Women Nonworking Housewives and Lesser Citizens
188
Chapter 7 The Visibility of Womens Work
243
Part 3 The Value of Care and Unpaid HomeBased Work
265
Chapter 8 Regulating Home Labors
269
Chapter 9 FamilyRelations Law between Stratification and Resistance
295
Chapter 10 Could Family Care Work Be Paid?
326
Part 4 Conclusion
347
Conclusion Can We Construct a Holistic Approach to Womens Labor History over the Longue Durée?
349
Index
368

Chapter 6 The Complexities of Work
226

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Raffaella Sarti is Associate Professor of Early Modern History and Gender History at the University of Urbino, Italy, and is a member of the editorial collective of Gender & History. Her studies address family and material culture, women’s work, domestic service, Mediterranean slavery, masculinity, and graffiti, among other topics. She is the author of numerous publications in nine languages.

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