Care Work: Gender, Labor, and the Welfare State by Madonna Harrington Meyer

By Madonna Harrington Meyer

Care paintings is a suite of unique essays at the complexities of delivering care. those essays emphasize how social rules intersect with gender, race, and sophistication to alternately compel girls to accomplish care paintings and to constrain their skill to take action. top overseas students from a number disciplines supply a groundbreaking research of the paintings of worrying within the context of the relations, the industry, and the welfare kingdom.

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The mother-mimic tactic soon falters. It feels wrong at all levels, because it is. The child doesn’t expect it, and the father can’t do it. This lesson is his first on the journey to complete himself as a mannow-father: Fathering is not mothering any more than mothering is ever fathering” (Pruett 1993:46). Images of gender-neutral parenting and the idea that men should provide nurturing care tend to evoke very strong emotions from these conservative fatherhood proponents: “Fathers are not merely would-be mothers.

Blankenhorn 1995; Doherty, Koune-ski, and Erickson 1998; Nock 1998; Popenoe 1996). This research is part of a larger ideological campaign to shore up the (supposedly declining) institution of marriage and thereby restore faith in the image of harmonious male-headed het-erosexual families (Smith 1993; Stacey 1996). David Blankenhorn (1995:1), founder and president of the Institute for American Values, rhetorically asserts, “Fatherlessness is the most harmful demographic trend of this generation.

The child-care gap between mothers and fathers is narrowest in two-earner families and continues to shrink, at least when measured as time spent interacting with children. 3 hours, compared to about three hours per workday for employed mothers during both time periods. Some recent attempts to measure men’s involvement in family work include more careful consideration of the specific types of father-child contact involved, especially distinguishing between routine child-care activities and involvement in play or leisure (McBride 1990; Parke 1995; Radin 1994).

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