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    The au pair body: sex object, sister or student?

    Cox, Rosie (2007) The au pair body: sex object, sister or student? European Journal of Womens Studies 14 (3), pp. 281-296. ISSN 1350-5068.

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    The employment of au pairs to provide childcare, cleaning and other domestic services has been steadily increasing in the UK. This article provides an analysis of representations of au pairs in the British press and on the websites of agencies placing au pairs. This analysis seeks to understand how such imaginings of au pairs affect their life in Britain and how au pairs themselves respond to such imaginings. It argues that the competing portrayals of au pairs as both sexual sirens and committed carers works with other ambivalences in the scheme to facilitate the growth of au pair employment in Britain while simultaneously denying their place as an important source of domestic labour for British families.


    Item Type: Article
    Keyword(s) / Subject(s): au pairs, bodies, employment agencies, migration, representation
    School: Birkbeck Faculties and Schools > Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > School of Social Sciences
    Research Centres and Institutes: Mapping Maternal Subjectivities, Identities and Ethics (MAMSIE), Gender and Sexuality, Birkbeck (BiGS)
    Depositing User: Sarah Hall
    Date Deposited: 12 Apr 2013 10:16
    Last Modified: 02 Aug 2023 17:03


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