The Problem with Valuing Parenting Like Paid Labor

“What is the difference between the work I do for pay and the ‘unwaged work’ I do as a mother and a wife? The term ‘unwaged work’ implies that someone is getting away with something.

For Helen Hester and Nick Srnicek, the authors of ‘After Work: A History of the Home and the Fight for Free Time,‘ the question is how to avoid exploitation when familial relationships are both messier and more meaningful than the one between boss and worker. The book offers an incomplete framework, however; the family needs to be defended as a good in itself to hold its own against market logic.”


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