Danske familier med au pair
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Warring Madsen, Iben1, Forfatter
Heinskou, Marie Bruvik2, Vejleder
1Det Samfundsvidenskabelige Fakultet, Københavns Universitet, København, Danmark, diskurs:7001              
2Sociologisk Institut, Det Samfundsvidenskabelige Fakultet, Københavns Universitet, København, Danmark, diskurs:7013              
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Ukontrollerede emneord: Familie, migration, transnational familie, intimitet, økonomi, au pair, husarbejde
 Abstract: In this thesis I examine family forms and challenges at play in Danish families hosting au pairs. Furthermore I examine how these challenges relate to norms and ideals about equality, intimacy and economy and how the families manage these challenges. The analysis is based on a qualitative study of nine phenomenological interviews with the adult members of Danish families hosting au pairs – an approach providing insight to the families' life worlds.
The families initially feel caught up between work- and family life – what Arlie Hochschild calls a timebind. The solution then becomes hiring an au pair or an outsourcing of the second shift. But the families are challenged with ambivalence towards the au pair’s role in the family, seeing them as both family members and employees. Following Janet Carsten’s notion of kinship I demonstrate how the families create relatedness to the au pairs – resulting in new ways of doing transnational family lives. These challenges of ambivalence also create a discomfort for the host families, which I examine in relation to norms and ideals about equality, intimacy and economy. Following Viviana Zelizer’s notion of economic transactions in intimate relations I argue that the discomfort can be seen as a token of the aversion towards the mix of economy and intimacy. I argue that the informants have a need for justification of their involvement in the au pair-scheme as a consequence of the ambivalence and discomfort – also in relation to general negative reactions to the au pair programme in the media as well as their personal encounters. I identify two dominating strategies through which the families justify their involvement in the au pair-scheme: Firstly, through stories where other host families practices are being presented as bad; secondly, through stereotyping the au pairs in relation to their ethnicity, culture, race and nationality – a process of othering. Finally, following Laurent Thévenot and Luc Boltanski I argue that the informants shift between to regimes in the justification, a market- and civic regime. This becomes a symptom of the ambivalence in not just the au pair-scheme itself but also of the ambivalences in being a host family.
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 Type: Speciale
Alternativ titel: En sociologisk undersøgelse af værtskabets ambivalenser
Alternativ titel: Danish families hosting au pairs
Alternativ titel: A sociological study of ambivalences in the hosting
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Sprog: Danish - dan
 Datoer: 2012-11-02
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 Publiceringsinfo: København : Københavns Universitet
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 Type: Speciale
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