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When Work Becomes Family: The Case of Low-Wage Caregivers

Work and Family in the New Economy

ISBN: 978-1-78441-630-0, eISBN: 978-1-78441-629-4

ISSN: 0277-2833

Publication date: 17 February 2015


Research limitations/implications

The analysis and findings show the ongoing power of unequal social relations – organized around class and gender and their intersection – in shaping the recursive relationship of jobs and families.




We gratefully acknowledge research support provided by the National Science Foundation (grant # SES-0549817 and SES-0959712), the Sloan Foundation, the Russell Sage Foundation, the National Association of Emergency Medical Technicians (NAEMT), the Political Economy Research Institute (PERI), the University of Massachusetts Future of Work Project, and Conti Award. We are grateful to Mary Ann Clawson, Jill Crocker, Lisa Dodson, Lisa Harvey, Rosanna Hertz, Arlie Hochschild, James Jasper, Margaret Nelson, Maureen Perry-Jenkins, Rhacel Parrenas, Natalia Sarkisian, Donald Tomaskovic-Devey, and Robert Zussman for comments on earlier versions of this argument.


Gerstel, N. and Clawson, D. (2015), "When Work Becomes Family: The Case of Low-Wage Caregivers", Work and Family in the New Economy (Research in the Sociology of Work, Vol. 26), Emerald Group Publishing Limited, Bingley, pp. 151-175.



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