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Life's Work: Geographies of Social Reproduction

Life's Work: Geographies of Social Reproduction

Katharyne Mitchell (Editor), Sallie A. Marston (Editor), Cindi Katz (Editor)

ISBN: 978-1-444-39746-8

Apr 2012, Wiley-Blackwell

248 pages

Description

Life's Work is a study of the shifting spaces and material practices of social reproduction in the global era. The volume blurs the heavily drawn boundaries between production and reproduction, showing through case studies of migration, education and domesticity how the practices of everyday life challenge these categorical distinctions.

  • New and innovative study of the shifting spaces and material practices of social reproduction in the global era.

  • Investigates changing conceptions of subjectivity, national identity and modernity.

  • Focuses on both theoretical and practical issues.

  • Includes case studies on migration, education and domesticity.
Notes on Contributors.

Life’s Work: An Introductionm Review and Critique. Katharyne Mitchell, Sallie A Marston and Cindi Katz.

Part I: Education and the Making of the Modern (Trans)national Subject.

1. Imagined Country: National Environmental Ideologies in School Geography Textbooks: John Morgan.

2. Indigenous Professionalization: Transnational Social Reproduction in the Andes. Nina Laurie, Robert Andolina and Sarah Radcliffe.

3. Producing the Future: Getting To Be British. Jean Lave.

Part II: Domesticity and Other Homely Spaces of Modernity.

1. Domesticating Birth in the Hospital: “Family-Centered” Birth and the Emergence of “Homelike” Birthing Rooms. Maria Fannin.

2. Adolescent Latina Bodyspaces: Making Homegirls, Homebodies and Homeplaces. Melissa Hyams.

3. Of Fictional Cities and “Diasporic” Aesthetics. Rosemary Marangoly George.

Part III: Modern Migrants/Flexible Citizens: Cultural Constructions of Belonging and Alienation.

1. Valuing Childcare: Troubles in Suburbia. Geraldine Pratt.

2. Toque una Ranchera, Por Favor. Altha J Cravey.

3. Human Smuggling, the Transnational Imaginary, and Everyday Geographies of the Nation-State. Alison Mountz.

Index.

"A fascinating journey through the tangled power relations and layered geographies of social reproduction. The essays are creative, diverse, and internationally thought-provoking." Nancy Folbre, Professor of Economics, University of Massachusetts at Amherst

"An inspired, highly readable, and vitally significant collection of papers. In attempting to pull apart and examine "the multiple relations, spaces, practices and possibilities of life's work," it moves considerably beyond the achievements of those who have previously wed feminist, Marxist and postructural theories to address issues of social reproduction." Allan Pred, Professor of Geography, UC Berkeley

"A stimulating collection infused with feminist scholarship from the domestic labour debate to embodiment and gendered subjectivities. The collection powerfully documents the changing connections between employment and all those other forms of work that make up the total social organisation of labor. Absolutely essential reading for anyone interested in the diversity of ways of living and making a living in a globalized world." Linda McDowell, Professor of Geography, University College London

"With great clarity and a fascinating range of examples, this collection promises to shift our understanding of race, gender, sexuality, nationality, and class in late capitalism." Caren Kaplan, Associate Professor of Women's Studies, UC Berkeley

"Some of the chapters are fascinating ... What sets this book apart from others that have wrestled with the production/reproduction boundary is its distinctly multi- and transnational flavour. In the contemporary world social reproduction can be just as 'global' as production has become, and the chapters in Life's Work provide many absorbing and welcome examples." Progress in Human Geography

"A wide ranging, hyper(post)modern collection of essays in social and cultural geography...It trips nicely from pen to page" Network

“The book’s authors extend the social reproduction debates in Marxist, feminist, and development studies by advocating the conceptual importance of economic-social-political complexity, subjectivity, and empirical analysis. The introductory chapter is well-written and would serve as a useful and comprehensible piece for both upper level undergraduate and graduate courses.”
Annals of the Association of American Geographers


  • New and innovative study of the shifting spaces and material practices of social reproduction in the global era.
  • Investigates changing conceptions of subjectivity, national identity and modernity.
  • Focuses on both theoretical and practical issues.
  • Includes case studies on migration, education and domesticity.