Work Without Wages
Comparative Studies of Domestic Labor and Self-Employment
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production for family consumption and for the wider market. While the importance of women's domestic labor has been generally recognized, the complex articulation between household activities and the changing nature of the economy has rarely been examined in greater depth than in this volume. The authors explore, theoretically and empirically, the relationships between household labor, wage levels, markets, economic change, and the status of women in the context of both first and third world countries. In the process, narrowly-defined debates are expanded, suggesting ways in which our understanding of domestic activities is relevant to studies of petty commodity production and vice versa.
Jane L. Collins is in the Department of Anthropology at the State University of New York, Binghamton. Martha Gimenez is Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of Colorado.
"The volume brings together some of the newest ideas and approaches in the field. There are many exciting, provocative ideas in these chapters. The volume significantly moves forward the analytical thinking about work, family and household, and the market." — Marianne Schmink, University of Florida
"This book promises to be an important and visible contribution to the literatures on peasants, petty commodity producers, and households. It should lead to a rethinking of basic assumptions and categories." — William Roseberry, New School for Social Research