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Revista interdisciplinaria de estudios de género de El Colegio de México

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VILLAGOMEZ ORNELAS, Paloma. Feeding Others to Feed Your Own: Dualities and Inequalities of Selling Feeding Work in Mexico City. Rev. interdiscip. estud. género Col. Méx. [online]. 2021, vol.7, e691.  Epub May 04, 2021. ISSN 2395-9185.

Studies on informal urban labor have largely overlooked the lives of the workers themselves. This article analyzes the experience of working-class women food vendors in order to describe the interaction between paid and unpaid food-related work and its effects on women’s class and gender position. An analysis of interviews shows that providing food develops co-produced subjective dualities between public and domestic spheres; in both spaces, reproductive labor is disparaged but it also represents a source of pride and public recognition. The prevailing subjective balance depends on available resources, women’s capacity to mobilize them, and overall business performance.

Keywords : women’s economic participation; sexual division of labour; family relations.

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