Women’s Press
Canada’s leading academic feminist publisher
Canada’s leading academic feminist publisher
2010 more than it seems cvr
282 pages
6 x 9 inches
September 2010
Print ISBN: 9780889614819
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Overview

Household work is an essential part of many people's lives, yet all too often it is rendered invisible. More Than It Seems aims not only to make this vitally important work visible, but also to reconsider it as a source of learning.

Drawing on a large study conducted in Canada, the authors consider diverse forms of household work, including carework. They highlight the experiences of people at the margins — including immigrants, Aboriginal women, people with disabilities, nannies, and people who provide and receive care — and analyze those experiences through the prism of lifelong learning theory. The result is a pioneering work that challenges our assumptions about both household work and lifelong learning.


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Table of Contents

Foreword
Patricia Gouthro

Introduction: More Than It Seems: Household Work and Lifelong Learning
Patrizia Albanese

Chapter 1: What Is Housework?
Margrit Eichler

Chapter 2: Learning through Household Work
Margrit Eichler with Ann Matthews

Portrait: Dorica

Chapter 3: Encounters with the Self: Disability and the Many Dimensions of Self-Care
Ann Matthews

Portrait: Fang

Chapter 4: "Have You Had Your Meal Yet?": Chinese Immigrants, Food-related Household Work and Informal Learning
Lichun Willa Liu

Portrait: Mithreal

Chapter 5: Choreographing Care: Learning through Unpaid Carework
Susan Ferguson and Margrit Eichler

Portrait: Dee

Chapter 6: The Case of Nannies: Shifting Unpaid Work onto Paid Work
Nicky Hyndman

Conclusions
Patrizia Albanese

Appendix 1: Methodological Overview
Ann Matthews

Appendix 2: The WALL Project
D.W. Livingston

Appendix 3: Mothers Are Women (MAW)
Kathryn Spracklin

Margrit Eichler

Margrit Eichler is Professor in the Department of Sociology and Equity Studies in Education at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education.


Patrizie Albanese

Patrizia Albanese is Associate Professor of Sociology at Ryerson University.


Susan Ferguson

Susan Ferguson is a graduate student at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education.


Nicky Hyndman

Nicky Hyndman is a graduate student at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education.


Lichun Willa Liu

Lichun Willa Liu is a graduate student at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education.


Ann Matthews

Ann Matthews is a graduate student at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education.


Reviews

“This book shows that household work is undervalued and that the expertise needed to do it is unappreciated. It documents the wide range of skills and knowledge required to do household work and discusses how women and men actually learn to do all the myriad tasks involved in maintaining households and caring for the people who live in them.”
—   Meg Luxton, Professor of Social Science and Women’s Studies, York University

"This book shows that household work is undervalued and that the expertise needed to do it is unappreciated. It documents the wide range of skills and knowledge required to do household work and discusses how women and men actually learn to do all the myriad tasks involved in maintaining households and caring for the people who live in them."

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