Black Women as Surrogates of Liberation in James Baldwin’s
If Beale Street Could Talk
Marquita R. Smith
This essay analyzes how James Baldwin’s late novel If Beale Street
Could Talk represents Black women’s care work in the face of
social death as an example of how Black women act as surrogates for Black
liberation giving birth to a new world and possibilities of freedom for Black
(male) people. Within the politics of Black nationalism, Black women were
affective workers playing a vital role in the (re)creation of heteronormative
family structures that formed the basis of Black liberation cohered by a belief
in the power of patriarchy to make way for communal freedom. This essay
demonstrates how Beale Street’s imagining of freedom
centers not on what Black women do to support themselves or each other, but on
the needs of the community at large, with embodied sacrifice as a presumed
condition of such liberation.
Underpaid CareWork and the Global Inequality
Crisis , Oxfam Briefing Paper ,
doi: 10.21201/2020.5419 , https://policy-practice.oxfam.org/resources/time-to-care-unpaid-and-underpaid-care-work-and-the-global-inequality-crisis-620928/ .
Cohen , A.
P. Z. and
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R. ( 2004
Corporations, Celebrities and the Construction of the Entrepreneurial
Annika Bergman Rosamond
( Lenner and Turner, 2019 : 81). What is
also left largely unquestioned is the notion that women should be working mostly
at home performing endless carework and paid work. The partnership allows
home-based work; as such it seems to recognise gendered responsibilities for
childcare and housework and that refugee women who have stepped outside the
boundaries of acceptable female behaviour – which includes refraining
from public/economic life – have
This book presents new theories and international empirical evidence on the state of work and employment around the world. Changes in production systems, economic conditions and regulatory conditions are posing new questions about the growing use by employers of precarious forms of work, the contradictory approaches of governments towards employment and social policy, and the ability of trade unions to improve the distribution of decent employment conditions. Designed as a tribute to the highly influential contributions of Jill Rubery, the book proposes a ‘new labour market segmentation approach’ for the investigation of issues of job quality, employment inequalities, and precarious work. This approach is distinctive in seeking to place the changing international patterns and experiences of labour market inequalities in the wider context of shifting gender relations, regulatory regimes and production structures.
Narratives of Ukrainian solo female migrants in Italy
motivations of either the Italian men or their badanti . But both articles point to the existence of highly contested interpretations of the personal relationships between foreign caregivers and their employers in Italy. In fact, both articles introduce their stories at the point when they step out of the privacy of Italian homes and carework and enter a public domain of matrimony and inheritance. Would these two cases ever make it to the papers if not for the weddings? Would the Italian press ever be concerned about a ‘little woman’ from Romania who gives a ‘spark of
The shifting boundaries of politics in Norwegian healthcare
This chapter explores how labour and labour relations in the Norwegian municipal healthcare sector are enacted and shaped within a specific socio-historical institutional ecology, and it argues that shifting boundaries of politics have contributed to a debasing of (care) work and to the emergence of precarious (contingent) labour situations in care. The chapter aims to analyse imaginaries arising from depoliticisation, and effects on labour realities in the public healthcare services, by mobilising theoretical
Caregiving companions and medical travel facilitators
and meanings of work. In particular, we situate our analysis in connection to four key debates that have profoundly refocused the study
of work practices and meanings. Using their most common labels, we contextualise our focus here around research on carework, body work, e motional
Beautyscapes: mapping cosmetic surgery tourism
labour and aesthetic labour. To begin, we offer a brief definition of each,
bearing in mind the ways these forms of work are often entangled, along with
an adjunct category: tourism work.
CareworkCarework refers to practices of
public expenditure cutbacks, and on women’s position in both
the formal labour market and in relation to unrecognised carework.
It will also look at the issues of domestic and sexual violence against
women, the female body as a site of struggle during the crisis, and the
ways in which women have organised to resist austerity.
As regards the labour market, there are contradictions in the way in
which women are being treated during the current crisis. While some
women, such as lone parents, find themselves being forced out of the
home to seek waged work
Beautyscapes: mapping cosmetic surgery tourism
The work of cosmetic surgery tourism II:
health workers and patients
The previous chapter provided an overview of the structure of the cosmetic
surgery tourism industry as a prelude to a detailed exploration of the forms of
work undertaken by some of the key actors in the cosmetic surgery tourism
assemblage. Basing our discussion in sociological debates about ‘new’ forms
of work or labour – carework, body work, emotional labour and aesthetic
labour – we showed how informal caregiving companions and MTFs
This volume is concerned with the ways in which bioprecarity, here understood as the vulnerabilization of people as embodied selves, is created through regulations and norms that encourage individuals to seek or provide bodily interventions of different kinds. We explore this in particular in relation to intimacy and intimate labour, such as in the making of families and kin and in various forms of care work. Advances in biotechnology, medical tourism and the visibilization of minoritized communities have resulted in unsettling the norms around the gendered body, intimate relations and intimate labour. Bodily interventions have sociocultural meanings and consequences both for those who seek such interventions and for those who provide the intimate labour in conducting them. The purpose of this volume is to explore these. This exploration involves sociocultural questions of boundary work, of privilege, of bodily ownership, of the multiple meanings of want (understood both as desire, for example the desire to have children or to change one’s bodily appearance; and as need – as in economic need – which often prompts people to undertake migration and/or intimate labour). It also raises questions about different kinds of vulnerabilities, for those who engage, and those who engage in, intimate labour. We use the term ‘bioprecarity’ to analyse those vulnerabilities.