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This book offers a path-breaking approach to understanding gender, maternalism, and childcare in a globalizing world. All of them make extensive use of the economic and employment data common to studies of gender and work, but unlike most longitudinal studies by historians and other social scientists, the chapters expand the materialist "housewifization" paradigm implicit in many of those studies by introducing the affective role of maternalism. Maria Mies's application of the term in a universalizing way, to a society and time distinct from its historical frame, was not, however, inappropriate. Each of the chapters addresses housewifization in varying degrees, and each modifies Mies's construction of the term. Mies also addresses the issue of globalization in her work, linking global capitalism and patriarchy, focusing on women's (housewives') necessary but unrecognized role in production for the global marketplace.

Keywords: childcare; gender; housewifization; Maria Mies; maternalism



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