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Motherhood: Economic Exploitation in Disguise

Grace, Marty (2001) Motherhood: Economic Exploitation in Disguise. Just Policy : a Journal of Australian Social Policy, 21. pp. 46-53. ISSN 1323-2266

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Abstract

Caring for young children is work. It is arduous, time consuming, socially useful work. In Australia, the people who carry out this work, mainly women, are seen by the community- at large to have a responsibility to perform this work to a minimum standard enshrined in State legislation such as Victoria's Children and Young Persons Act 1989. Yet the people who do this work have no corresponding right to a fair share of community resources, and are not the only ones whose labour is appropriated and exploited in this way. Others include people caring for relatives with disabilities and people with significant disabilities who save the community resources by caring for themselves. However, this article will focus on the care of young children.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: motherhood, economic exploitation, social services, children, child care, Victoria
Subjects: RFCD Classification > 220000 Social Sciences, Humanities and Arts-General
FOR Classification > 1607 Social Work
Faculty/School/Research Centre/Department > School of Social Sciences and Psychology
Depositing User: Mr Angeera Sidaya
Date Deposited: 04 Apr 2007
Last Modified: 10 Jul 2013 16:13
URI: http://vuir.vu.edu.au/id/eprint/555
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