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The Unpaid Work of Caring for Young Children: Ideas for Long-Term and Short-Term Change

Grace, Marty (2004) The Unpaid Work of Caring for Young Children: Ideas for Long-Term and Short-Term Change. Just Policy : a Journal of Australian Social Policy, 34. pp. 23-31. ISSN 1323-2266

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Abstract

In spite of the impact of second-wave feminism, mothers continue to carry out most of the work involved in caring for young children in Australia. For many, the demands of mothering, its intensity and lack of support for doing it come as a shock (Maushart 1997). After the initial shock, the extent of the impact on women" lives gradually becomes clearer. Both the scholarly literature and ordinary mother's conversations point up he need for many changes, including on identification of the situation of mothers of young children as feminism's unfinished business (Grimshow 2002). In this article, I report on my research, which I see as part of the renewed contemporary interest in refreshing the feminist agenda for change.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: unpaid work, caring for children, Australia, lack of support
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
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Depositing User: Mr Angeera Sidaya
Date Deposited: 31 May 2007
Last Modified: 23 May 2013 16:39
URI: http://vuir.vu.edu.au/id/eprint/556
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