What is Work?: Gender at the Crossroads of Home, Family, and Business from the Early Modern Era to the Present
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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Part 1 Setting the Scene
Chapter 1 Family Work
Chapter 2 Productive and Reproductive Work
Chapter 3 The Home as a Factory
Part 2 The Cunning Historian
Chapter 4 The Statistical Construction of Womens Work and the Male Breadwinner Economy in Spain 18561930
Chapter 5 Toiling Women Nonworking Housewives and Lesser Citizens
Chapter 7 The Visibility of Womens Work
Part 3 The Value of Care and Unpaid HomeBased Work
Chapter 8 Regulating Home Labors
Chapter 9 FamilyRelations Law between Stratification and Resistance
Chapter 10 Could Family Care Work Be Paid?
Part 4 Conclusion
Conclusion Can We Construct a Holistic Approach to Womens Labor History over the Longue Durée?
Chapter 6 The Complexities of Work