Prisoners of love? Overtime work and the undervaluation of Scottish classroom assistants

S.A. Hurrell, D.P. Nickson, C. Warhurst, J. Commander, K. Gilbert

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Abstract

The work done by classroom assistants provides a valuable contribution to children's learning and development. However, this investigation has found that because of the nature of their work, their desire to work with children and the perfect fit for many working mothers, classroom assistants are a classic illustration of how work associated with women's traditional domestic and/ or caring role is undervalued. Classroom assistants, therefore, can often be described as both 'labourers of love' and 'captives of love.'
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 2008
EventInternational Labour Process Conference 2008 - Dublin, Ireland
Duration: 1 Mar 200820 Mar 2008

Conference

ConferenceInternational Labour Process Conference 2008
Abbreviated titleILPC 2008
CountryIreland
CityDublin
Period1/03/0820/03/08

Keywords

  • classroom assistants
  • workers
  • work value
  • employment
  • human resource management

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Hurrell, S. A., Nickson, D. P., Warhurst, C., Commander, J., & Gilbert, K. (2008). Prisoners of love? Overtime work and the undervaluation of Scottish classroom assistants. Paper presented at International Labour Process Conference 2008, Dublin, Ireland.