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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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Managing a Home-Centered Childhood

Managing a Home-Centered Childhood

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(p.85) 5 Managing a Home-Centered Childhood
Shadow Mothers

Cameron Lynne Macdonald

University of California Press

This chapter presents management and monitoring strategies put in place after the caregiver has been hired. These strategies that range from micromanagement to benign inattention that assumes the existence of an intuitive connection between employer and nanny and each of these treats the caregiver as an extension of the mother rather than as an individual with her own distinctive relationship to the children. The objective of these strategies is to orchestrate the daily lives of the nanny and children to mirror the employer's image of the care she imagines she would provide if she were an at-home mother herself.

Keywords:   caregiver, management strategies, monitoring strategies, micromanagement, mother, children, nanny, at-home mother

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