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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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The “Third-Parent” Ideal

The “Third-Parent” Ideal

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Shadow Mothers

Cameron Lynne Macdonald

University of California Press

This chapter describes the working conditions, including employer attitudes and family atmosphere, that nannies report wanting most. The findings reveal that caregivers want to be recognized as adult workers with basic rights and as important co-participants in the rearing of a specific set of children and that they also want to be seen as skilled workers and given the level of autonomy that they felt was on a par with the degree of responsibility their jobs entailed. These are components of the third-parent ideal that are equally essential to most caregivers.

Keywords:   nannies, working conditions, caregivers, children, skilled workers, third-parent ideal

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