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ERIC Number: EJ943090
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Oct
Pages: 14
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1476-718X
Do Mothers Want Professional Carers to Love Their Babies?
Page, Jools
Journal of Early Childhood Research, v9 n3 p310-323 Oct 2011
This article reports an aspect of a life historical study which investigated the part that "love" played in mothers' decision-making about returning to work and placing their babies in day care. The article begins with a brief discussion of the context, including 21st-century policies in England to encourage mothers to return to the workforce (DfES, 2004; HMT, 2009). This is followed by a critical overview of relevant literature exploring three key themes: an historical view of women in the workforce, Attachment Theory, and theorizing "love" and "care". The life-historical methodology is discussed and justified and seven key themes are briefly identified and explained. The article then focuses specifically on the theme of "love" using life-history interview data and key literature to discuss mothers' views on the importance of "love", the saliency of "love" in choosing childcare, and the notion of "professional love". (Contains 1 table.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (England)