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- DescriptionHousework--often trivialized or simply overlooked in public discourse--contributes in a complex and essential way to the form that families and societies assume. In this invative study, Marjorie L. DeVault explores the implications of feeding the family from the perspective of those who do that work. Along the way, DeVault offers a new vocabulary for discussing nurturance as a basis of group life and sociability. Drawing from interviews conducted in 1982-83 in a diverse group of American households, DeVault reveals the effort and skill behind the invisible work of shopping, cooking, and serving meals. She then shows how this work can become oppressive for women, drawing them into social relations that construct and maintain their subordinate position in household life.
- Author BiographyMarjorie L. DeVault is associate professor in the Department of Sociology and the Women's Studies Program at Syracuse University.
- Author(s)Marjorie L. DeVault
- PublisherThe University of Chicago Press
- Date of Publication01/02/1994
- SubjectGender Studies / Gay & Lesbian Studies
- Series TitleWomen in Culture and Society Series
- Place of PublicationChicago, IL
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintUniversity of Chicago Press
- Content Note3 tables, 1 figure.
- Weight396 g
- Width154 mm
- Height232 mm
- Spine16 mm
- Foreword byCatharine R. Stimpson
- Edition StatementNew edition
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