Kim Price-Glynn

Kim Price-Glynn: An Ideology of Collective-Intensive Mothering

Check out Associate Professor of Sociology and Urban and Community Studies Kim Price-Glynn's recent article in Gender, Work & Organization titled "An Ideology of Collective-Intensive Mothering: The Gendered Organization of Care in a Babysitting Cooperative."


Babysitting cooperatives offer reciprocity-based short-term childcare for members. In practice, the babysitting cooperative (co-op) under study has contradictory outcomes that both relieve and burden its participants. This study is based on ethnographic methods: 4 years of participant observation, 28 in-depth interviews with 18 members and 10 spouses and an analysis of babysitting co-op texts. This research extends the ideology of intensive mothering to include collective-intensive mothering, a group form of intensified caregiving reproduced by the babysitting co-op's gendered organization of care. To accomplish collective-intensive mothering, babysitting co-op members employ intensive mothering beliefs and practices in conjunction with other group members. What is more, co-op members collectively intensify their mothering practices with other members' children in addition to their own. Given need for more (and better) caregiving alternatives, the lack of scholarly attention to unpaid cooperative caregiving groups, like babysitting co-ops, is surprising. This research seeks to address this gap.

Kim Price-Glynn: “A ‘Care’ Agenda Is Essential Policy”

Check out Associate Professor of Sociology and Urban and Community Studies, Kim Price-Glynn's recent article with Mignon Duffy titled "A 'Care' Agenda Is Essential Policy." The article discusses the push for a comprehensive care policy to those in need during the recent pandemic COVID-19.

***Excerpt from Article***

Paid care infrastructure is only one piece of the puzzle. A comprehensive care policy must also include support for unpaid caregivers, including parents, those caring for older adults, individuals with disabilities and others who need short- or long-term care. One key element is a system of paid medical and care leave for all workers that allows all to take time to care for themselves or others without losing wages or losing their jobs. Reforms that provide tax credits and Social Security buy-in for those performing unpaid care are also crucial.

The good news is that many of these provisions are on the table in a way that was unimaginable only one year ago. The prominence of care in the relief package and early appointments to key roles are promising signs that this care agenda is indeed a priority.

Gender and Identity: Forging New Paths Featuring Kim Price-Glynn

"Gender and Identity: Forging New Paths" in UConn Today features the work of Sociology Professor Kim Price-Glynn, along with fellowship recipients for the Wood Raith Trust. In the article Kim Price-Glynn, a chair of the fund's committee, says “[t]he work these students are doing is so varied – some is domestic, some is international, and it ranges from reviewing works of art and museum collections to collecting data and publishing articles."