Embodying Women's Work

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  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2008-09-01
  • Publisher: Open University Press
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. What is the relationship between women�s reproductive bodies and women�s productive work?. How does women�s potential for maternity affect women�s workplace opportunity?. How far can women �choose� and maintain their own embodied boundaries in relation to work and working practices? ..This fascinating and topical book evaluates the growing debate on gender, women�s bodies, and work. Through the lens of the body - and from a feminist perspective - Gatrell considers women�s work from two angles, the first conceptualizing the labour of maternity as women�s work, the second exploring the dynamics between women�s bodies and employment...The author suggests that maternity constitutes women�s work, with some women �expected� to produce children, while others are criticised for giving birth. She calls for the re-conceptualization of pregnancy, birth and breastfeeding as forms of labour � asserting that mothers are required to perform particular forms of body work in order to comply with ideals of �good� mothering and norms of the workplace. The book observes that these are conflicting requirements, which place irreconcilable demands on women and constrain women�s choice...At the heart ofEmbodying Women�s Workis the idea that women�s bodies are central to gendered power relations, and remain an negotiated site of power between men and women within late modern society. The book considers women�s bodies in the context of different forms of paid work, discussing how far women remain at an economic disadvantage in comparison with male workers...Embodying Women�s Workis of key interest for students and academics of sociology, social welfare and women�s studies..

Author Biography

Caroline Gatrell is Lecturer in Management Learning and Leadership in the Management School at Lancaster University, UK. She is author of Hard Labour: The Sociology of Parenthood (Open University Press, 2005) and Managing Part-time Study (Open University Press, 2006).

Table of Contents

Acknowledgementsp. viii
Introductionp. 1
Positioning women's bodies: Sociological and biomedical approachesp. 20
'Think again old girl': Reproduction and the 'right' bodyp. 35
Pregnancy: A non-work process?p. 51
'Love is not enough': Birth, new motherhood and employmentp. 76
'To honour and obey': A history of women's productive workp. 100
Angels in the (power) house: Women in senior rolesp. 115
Angels in the house(hold): Cleaning and caringp. 137
'I'm Mandy, fly me': Sex for sale in formal and informal labour marketsp. 157
Working women - a force to be reckoned with? Conclusions and futuresp. 173
Referencesp. 188
Indexp. 205
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