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  • Paid and Unpaid Labor on the Frontline State

    Tara Patricia Cookson

    Chapter from the book: Cookson, T. 2018. Unjust Conditions: Women’s Work and the Hidden Cost of Cash Transfer Programs.


    Rural mothers perform various forms of additional labor as CCT recipients, revealing slippages between paid and unpaid labor and gendered inefficiencies in poverty-alleviation programs. Along with support from clinic and health staff, local mangers rely on Mother Leaders to enforce program conditions. While this reliance on Mother Leaders was unplanned at the national level of policy making, I show how Juntos is unviable without the work of these women. The state relies on women’s time and willingness to discipline their neighbors to make up for persistent underinvestment in public institutions and services.

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    Cookson, T. 2018. Paid and Unpaid Labor on the Frontline State. In: Cookson, T, Unjust Conditions. California: University of California Press. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1525/luminos.49.e

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    Published on May 4, 2018