‘I’m strong within myself’: gender, class and emotional capital in childcare

@article{Andrew2015ImSW,
  title={‘I’m strong within myself’: gender, class and emotional capital in childcare},
  author={Yarrow Andrew},
  journal={British Journal of Sociology of Education},
  year={2015},
  volume={36},
  pages={651 - 668}
}
  • Yarrow Andrew
  • Published 4 July 2015
  • Sociology
  • British Journal of Sociology of Education
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