Author finds race, class in nanny roles
In the mid-1990s and early 2000’s, Cameron MacDonald combed the playgrounds of neighborhoods from Brookline to Weston to Sudbury. A sociology professor at the University of Wisconsin Madison, MacDonald was looking for nannies and the typically high-earning mothers for whom they worked. Ultimately, MacDonald interviewed 30 working mothers and 50 nannies in the course of her research. Her new book, ‘Shadow Mothers,’ offers surprising and layered insights into a modern mommy phenomenon played out every day from coast to coast.