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Work, Labour and Cleaning: The Social Contexts of Outsourcing Housework

Lotika Singha


The outsourcing of domestic work in the UK has been steadily rising since the 1970s, but little research has considered the experiences of local White British women working as independent cleaning service-providers.Domestic work in India is increasingly researched but mostly with a regional focus. Through a nuanced cross-cultural analysis of outsourced domestic cleaning in a particular social context in the UK and India, this book provides a fresh perspective on domestic work: that outsourced domestic cleaning can be done as work (using mental and manual skills and labour) or as labour (unders ... More

Keywords: affective labour, cleaning service-providers, domestic work, feminist dogma, housework, manual labour, mental skills, outsourced domestic cleaning, paid domestic cleaning, paid domestic work

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9781529201468
Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: January 2020 DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781529201468.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Lotika Singha, author