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Shadow MothersNannies, Au Pairs, and the Micropolitics of Mothering$
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Cameron Lynne Macdonald

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780520222328

Published to California Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520222328.001.0001

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Untangling the Mother-Nanny Knot

Untangling the Mother-Nanny Knot

(p.196) 10 Untangling the Mother-Nanny Knot
Shadow Mothers

Cameron Lynne Macdonald

University of California Press

This concluding chapter sums up the key findings of this study on the micropolitics of nannies. Across the childcare spectrum, caregivers seek to be valued with both fair pay and recognition for their caring and altruism: a tension that is central to the frustrations of the nannies interviewed for this study. The result also reveals that intensive mothering is inherently class-based and that the conflicts between nannies and mothers arise primarily from the class-based nature of mothering ideologies.

Keywords:   nannies, micropolitics, childcare, fair pay, recognition, intensive mothering, class-based nature, mothering ideologies

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