Feeding the Family
The Social Organization of Caring as Gendered Work
Drawing from interviews conducted in 1982-83 in a diverse group of American households, DeVault reveals the effort and skill behind the "invisible" work of shopping, cooking, and serving meals. She then shows how this work can become oppressive for women, drawing them into social relations that construct and maintain their subordinate position in household life.
Part One: The Work of "Feeding a Family"
1. Doing Family Meals
3. Constructing the Family
Part Two: Organization of the Work
4. Feeding as "Women's Work"
5. Never Done
6. Conflict and Deference
Part Three: Feeding Work and Social Class
7. Affluence and Poverty
8. The Significance of Style
Appendix: Profiles of Named Informants