Gender, Migration and Domestic Work: Masculinities, Male Labour and Fathering in the UK and USA

Hardcover | February 21, 2013

byMajella Kilkey, Diane Perrons, Ania Plomien

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As the rich have got richer and households have become busier, demand for commoditized household services has increased. While much is known about maids and nannies, this book is distinctive in focusing on masculinized domestic services. Through two case-studies – Polish handymen in the UK and the households that employ them and Mexican jardineros in the USA - the book demonstrates how, by outsourcing, householders can mitigate the "father time-bind" arising from tensions between new expectations for involved fathering, economic expectations regarding working hours, and a highly gendered and neo-liberal social policy regime, and shows how the consequences of this reaches beyond the households into the lives of the migrant men who work for them. Through the focus on male domestic work, the book identifies distinctly gendered understandings of domestic work and care, and shows how these influence the differential economic value of and emotional attachment to different forms of domestic work, and the gendered identities of those supplying and buying these services. In doing so, the book reveals much about the dynamic and varied understandings of masculinity.

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As the rich have got richer and households have become busier, demand for commoditized household services has increased. While much is known about maids and nannies, this book is distinctive in focusing on masculinized domestic services. Through two case-studies – Polish handymen in the UK and the households that employ them and Mexica...

MAJELLA KILKEY is a senior lecturer in Social Policy at the University of Sheffield, UK. She is author of Lone Mothers Between Paid Work and Care  DIANE PERRONS is a professor of Economic Geography and Gender Studies at the London School of Economics, UK. She is author of Globalization and Social Change: People and Places in a Divided...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:216 pages, 11.01 × 5.78 × 0.8 inPublished:February 21, 2013Publisher:Palgrave MacmillanLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:023029720X

ISBN - 13:9780230297203

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Table of Contents

Gender, Migration and Domestic Work: An Introduction
Globalization, Migration and Domestic Work: Gendering the Debate 
Researching Men in the Relationship between Gender, Migration and Domestic Work
Migrants and Male Domestic Work in the UK: the Rise of the 'Polish Handyman'
Connecting Men in the International Division of Domestic Work: The New 'Father Time-Bind', Global Divisions between Men and Gender Inequalities
Mexican Gardeners in the USA; H. Ramirez and P. Hondagneu-Sotelo
Gender Identity and Work: Migrant Domestic Work and Masculinity