Anticipated Gains: Motherwork, Organizational Brokerage, and Daughter’s Occupational Development

Roni Eyal-Lubling, Orly Benjamin

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Research on mothers’ efforts to protect their families from scarcity tends to separate individual action and the organizational context. We propose an intergenerational approach focusing on the convergence between the two, and ask: how are resources, acquired by motherwork vis-à-vis organizations, transferred to daughters to advance their occupational development? Based on 30 interviews with economically marginalized mother-young adult daughter dyads, the findings reveal an intergenerational brokerage of organizational ties, creating a resource for the occupational development of young women. We argue that in the context of poverty, organizational ties are crucial for mothers striving to support their daughters’ occupational development.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)759-779
Number of pages21
JournalSociological Quarterly
Issue number4
Early online date8 Sep 2021
StatePublished - 2022

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This work was supported by the Israel National Insurance Institute; The Center for Resrearch on Jewish Women at Bar-Ilan university; Naamat - Working Women’s Movement; Israel ministry of welfare and social services - Yated Program.

Publisher Copyright:
© 2021 Midwest Sociological Society.


  • Intergenerational brokerage
  • mother-daughter relations
  • organisational ties
  • poverty/welfare
  • young women


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