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

Hurrell, S.A. and Nickson, D.P. and Warhurst, C. and Commander, J. and Gilbert, K. (2008) Prisoners of love? Overtime work and the undervaluation of Scottish classroom assistants. In: International Labour Process Conference 2008, 2008-03-01 - 2008-03-20.

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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.'