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The Division of Labour in Early Child Care—Mothers and Others*


This paper is concerned with the work of child care and with the division of work between mothers and others. Drawing on research data, it explores the idea that this work takes place in a domain located between the public and the private. The perspectives of mothers and health visitors on child care and health care are considered, with particular reference to their perspectives on their own and others' knowledge and responsibility.

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C. Davies (1988), ‘The health visitor as mother's friend: a woman's place in public health, 1900–14’, Social History of Medicine, 1:1, 04.

M-C. Foster (1988), ‘The French puéricultrice’, Children and Society, 2:4, 319–34.

M-C. Foster and B. Mayall (1990), ‘The health visitor as educator’, Journal of Advanced Nursing, 15:3, 286–92.

C. Gipps (1982), ‘Nursery nurses and nursery teachers II: their attitudes towards pre-school children and their parents’, Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, 23, 3, 255–67.

J. Hearn (1988), ‘Child abuse: violence and sexualities towards young people’, Sociology, 22:4, 531–44.

J. Lewis (1980), The Politics of Motherhood, Croom Helm, London.

B. Mayall and M-C. Foster (1989), Child Health Care: Living with Children, Working for Children, Heinemann Professional Books, Oxford.

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Journal of Social Policy
  • ISSN: 0047-2794
  • EISSN: 1469-7823
  • URL: /core/journals/journal-of-social-policy
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