“It Just Doesn't Feel Like You're Obviously In”: Housing Policy, Family Privacy, and the Reproduction of Social Inequality*

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  • *I would like to thank Bonnie Fox and three anonymous reviewers for helpful comments on an earlier draft of this paper. Thanks are also owed to the women who spoke with me about their experiences raising children in a co-operative setting. Research for this paper was supported by a grant from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada. This manuscript was first submitted in March 2004 and accepted in October 2005. Contact: dworts@chass.utoronto.ca.

Abstract

L'auteure de cet article examine les liens existant entre le logement, l'organisation de la vie familiale et la reproduction des inégalités sociales. Elle se concentre sur les processus sociaux « sur le terrain »– particulierement sur ceux entourant l'organisation de la reproduction sociale (les soins quotidiens donnés aux enfants et aux adultes) en tant que préoccupation personnelle ou collective. Elle étudie ces processus dans un cadre où les logements sont détenus publiquement et gérés collectivement. Son analyse indique que l'environnement a des répercussions contradictoires sur l'organisation de la prestation quotidienne des soins. L'auteure se soucie en particulier de la manière dont il influence la reproduction des inégalités sociales chez les femmes qui élévent des enfants.

This article examines connections between housing, the organization of family life, and the reproduction of social inequality. It focusses on “on-the-ground” social processes–specifically, those surrounding the organization of social reproduction (the daily care of children and adults) as a private or a collective concern. It examines these processes in a setting where the housing is publicly held and collectively managed. The analysis indicates that the setting has contradictory implications for the organization of daily caregiving work. Of particular concern here is the way this can play out as the reproduction of social inequality among women raising families.

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