Just a token commitment? Women's involvement in a local babysitting circle.

Bell, Linda (1995) Just a token commitment? Women's involvement in a local babysitting circle. Women's Studies International Forum, 18 (3). pp. 325-336. ISSN 0277-5395

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Abstract

This article focuses on a neighbourhood babysitting circle operating in a small town within the southeast of England, showing how and why it operates in particular ways and the significance it has for women's contacts with other mothers in one locality, with male partners and with kin outside the individual woman's household. Examining these contacts allows broader issues to be raised, for example, about the interconnections between social class and locality, notions of “public” and “private,” and the interface between individual womens' perspectives and decisions on child care (including aspects of their “authority” and “responsibility” as mothers), and their patterns of association within local groups and networks.

Item Type: Article
Research Areas: A. > School of Health and Education > Mental Health, Social Work and Interprofessional Learning
Item ID: 4920
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Depositing User: Linda Bell
Date Deposited: 14 Apr 2010 07:01
Last Modified: 15 Dec 2015 19:32
URI: http://eprints.mdx.ac.uk/id/eprint/4920

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