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Shadow Mothers: Nannies, Au Pairs, and the Micropolitics of Mothering Paperback – February 9, 2011
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"Shadow Mothers makes a remarkably important contribution to the study of mothering and its commodification. It provides revealing insights into the challenges of childcare brought by maternalism's staunch ideological stronghold. Nannies don't just care for children but they must also manage the emotions of mothers."Rhacel Parrenas, University of Southern California
"Shadow Mothers is a path-breaking and extraordinarily sophisticated book. It will, no doubt, make a major splash. The book's allure comes from Macdonald's insightful juxtaposition of the childbearing ideologies of mothers and mother-workers and her sensitive treatment of the relationships among these women."Sharon Hays, author of Flat Broke with Children
"This is a book about mothers and what it means to mother, whether paid or unpaid, biological, adoptive, or hired. Shadow Mothers explores the underbelly of women's entry into the labor forcetheir need for paid childcare providerswith nuance and original insight. It triumphs in taking on a controversial and highly charged subject without polemic, allowing us to see both sides of a relationship that is asymmetric in complex ways."Pamela Stone, author of Opting Out?: Why Women Really Quit Careers and Head Home