Engaging ideas, transforming minds
Engaging ideas, transforming minds

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260 pages
5.25 x 8.25 inches
September 2009
Print ISBN: 9780889610620


Overview

Originally published in 1980, this new edition of More Than a Labour of Love is the first of our Women’s Press Classics series, which celebrates our most enduring titles.

Based on participant observation and in-depth interviews, this book describes the work women do in their homes, caring for children and partners, and maintaining the house. It shows how their lives are shaped by domestic responsibilities and challenges the ways in which their work is neither recognized nor valued. Arguing that the work they do is socially necessary and central to the economy, it calls for a transformation of current social and economic relations.


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Table of Contents

Chapter One: Introduction
Chapter Two: Domestic Labour in Flin Flon: An Overview of the Study
Chapter Three: Wives and Husbands
Chapter Four: Mothers and Children
Chapter Five: Housewives and Housework
Chapter Six: Making Ends Meet
Chapter Seven: Bread and Roses

Meg Luxton

Meg Luxton is Professor in the School of Social Sciences and the Women's Studies Program at Atkinson College, York University. She is Director of the Graduate Program in Women's Studies and has published widely, with several highly acclaimed books and articles on the women's movement; women's work, paid and unpaid; and relations among work, family, and class. Her current research examines the impact of social policy on informal caregiving practices.


Reviews

"More Than a Labour of Love is a Canadian classic for good reasons. It has been one of those books that students give their mothers and their friends. Decades after it was written, it still provides the clearest explanation of the power and privilege that accrue to men in breadwinner/homemaker families and, as such, demonstrates the analytical strength of a political-economy perspective."

"Meg Luxton's More Than a Labour of Love not only numbers amongst the pivotal books in the evolution of modern Canadian feminism, it is also a pure joy to read."

"Meg Luxton's More Than a Labour of Love not only numbers amongst the pivotal books in the evolution of modern Canadian feminism, it is also a pure joy to read."
—  Ann Duffy, Professor of Sociology, Brock University

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