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Intimacy and inequality: local care chains and paid childcare in Kenya

Dimova, Margarita, Hough, Carrie, Kyaa, Kerry and Manji, Ambreena ORCID: 2015. Intimacy and inequality: local care chains and paid childcare in Kenya. Feminist Legal Studies 23 (2) , pp. 167-179. 10.1007/s10691-015-9284-6

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The aim of this paper is to propose a research agenda for future studies of local forms of caregiving. It does this by exploring practices of care giving and receipt through the prism of childcare. Focusing on Nairobi, it investigates one critical form of care work in the city: the labour of women who work as ‘nannies’ in private homes, a form of labour that has received little systematic study or scholarly attention. Every day, women in Nairobi construct complex and far-ranging care chains that ensure that the socially necessary labour of childcare takes place. The phenomenon of ‘diverted mothering’ that has been associated with the globalisation of care can also be understood as a local phenomenon. Whereas global care chains involving migrant domestic workers have been the focus of detailed investigation, hitherto the workings of more widespread and highly fragile local care chains in the cities of the third world have been neglected. We argue that it is critical to understand practices of intimate and emotional labour in the context not just of global migration but in situations of severe intersecting inequalities (economic, social and racial) within the global south.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Cardiff Law & Politics
Subjects: K Law > K Law (General)
Publisher: Springer Verlag (Germany)
ISSN: 0966-3622
Last Modified: 28 Oct 2022 09:17

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