Academic journal article Journal of Marriage and Family

Other People's Children: An Intimate Account of the Dilemmas Facing Middle-Class Parents and the Women They Hire to Raise Their Children

Academic journal article Journal of Marriage and Family

Other People's Children: An Intimate Account of the Dilemmas Facing Middle-Class Parents and the Women They Hire to Raise Their Children

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Other People's Children: An Intimate Account of the Dilemmas Facing Middle-Class Parents and the Women They Hire to Raise Their Children. Julia Wrigley. New York: Basic Books. 1995. 177 pp. Hardcover ISBN 0-465-05370-X. $21.00 cloth.

With the primary goal of uncovering the implicit, and sometimes explicit, inequalities that structure the relationship between hired caregivers and the parents who employ them, Julia Wrigley attempts to contribute to the dialogue surrounding the issue of child care in the United States. The findings of her study are based on 177 in-depth, tape-recorded interviews with individuals in Los Angeles and New York, including in-home caregivers, the parents who employ them, and the heads of domestic employment agencies who sometimes provide these caregivers to middle-class families. Unfortunately, the findings from the study are not as impressive as the amount of time and work that went into it.

Wrigley begins by explaining that parents who can afford it often hire in-home caregivers because day care is stigmatized as uncaring and primarily utilized by lower-class families. In addition, many parents feel that by having their own private caretaker they also have more control over how their children are socialized. Wrigley than distinguishes between two types of caretaking situations--those in which the caretaker is from a social background similar to the employer and those in which the caretaker comes from a different social class.

Wrigley spends most of' the book explaining the advantages and disadvantages associated with each of these caretaking situations from the perspective of both employers and caretakers. …

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