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Des femmes si privilégiées ? La fatigue d’être servi·e par des domestiques

Abstract : Such privileged women? The weariness of being served by domestic workers While they have in their service one, two, three, or even several dozen full-time domestic workers who serve their families on a daily basis, the women interviewed during a survey on the use of domesticity by very wealthy families claim that they devote a significant amount of time and energy to the management of their homes. Reserved for rather affluent households in the contexts in which they hire, the use of domestic service is nevertheless a privilege: women delegate reproductive work to others to engage in productive work, and/or leisure. However, the complaints of the women interviewed, who are particularly privileged, deserve to be taken seriously: this article aims to discuss the paradox of their domestic investment even though they resort to significant domestic service. It questions whether these women are relieved of reproductive work on the one hand, and whether they are as relieved as their husbands on the other. In fact, the article shows that employing staff recreates an unequal and lasting division of labor between male and female employers, even when the latter work: the former handle the financial transactions to pay employees, while the latter handle the relational and emotional work necessary for the selection and supervision of staff, which is much more of a commitment.
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Alizée Delpierre. Des femmes si privilégiées ? La fatigue d’être servi·e par des domestiques. Travail, genre et sociétés, L'Harmattan/La découverte, 2021, 2 (n°46), pp.115-131. ⟨10.3917/tgs.046.0115⟩. ⟨hal-03533981⟩



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