Gender and Sociology
Work, Labour and Cleaning: The Social Contexts of Outsourcing Housework
Hardback | Jul 2019 | Bristol University Press | 9781529201468 | 216pp | 234x156mm | RFB | AUD$185.00, NZD$214.99
The outsourcing of domestic work in the UK has been steadily
rising since the 1970s, but there has been little research which has
considered white British women working as independent cleaning
A cross-cultural analysis of two particular social contexts (one within the UK and one within India) based on new research argues that outsourced domestic cleaning can be undertaken either as work (using mental and manual skills) or as labour (usually defined as unskilled, 'natural' women’s work) depending on the social context and working conditions.
The book challenges feminist dogma and
popular myths about housework.