Although women have long been members of the labour force, the proportion of domestic, caring, and community work they provide compared to men or the state has yet to decrease substantially. Beyond Caring Labour to Provisioning Work offers a powerful new framework for understanding women's work in a holistic sense, acknowledging both their responsibilities in supporting others as well as their employment duties. Beyond Caring Labour to Provisioning Work is based on a four-year, multi-site study of women who are members of contemporary community organizations. The authors reveal the complex ways in which these women define and value their own work, investigating what supports and constrains their individual and collective efforts. Calling on the state to assist more with citizens' provisioning responsibilities, Beyond Caring Labour to Provisioning Work provides an excellent basis for new discussions on equitable and sustainable public policies.
Table of Contents Preface Chapter 1 An Introduction: Conceptialising the Work of WOmen in the 21st Century Chapter 2 Securing the Future by Positioning the Past in the Present Section A Chapter 3 Provisioning Responsibilities of Women: Relationships Shape the Work Chapter 4 Collective Provisioning: Naming the Work of Vital Spaces Section B Chapter 5 Producing Racial Knowledge in Community Programmes for 'At Risk' Young Women Chapter 6 Provisioning for Children in a Low Income Community Chapter 7 Revealing Older Women's Provisioning Responsibilities Chapter 8 Counting the Costs of Provisioning for Women Living on Low Incomes Section C Chapter 9 Collective Spaces as Incubators of Citizenship Chapter 10 A Sharing of Life's Glories Appendix 1 References Index