Sex Roles (2012) 67:253–255 DOI 10.1007/s11199-012-0140-8 BOOK REVIEW Women at Work: Tupperware, Passion Parties, and Beyond. By L. Susan Williams and Michelle Bemiller, Boulder, CO, Lynne Rienner Publishers, 2011. 273 pp. $58.50 (hardback). ISBN: 978-1-58826-720-7 Martha McCaughey Published online: 30 March 2012 Springer Science+Business Media, LLC 2012 Women at Work considers the many in-home marketing plans example, the book includes a case study by Akiko Yoshida directed at women. Using Dorothy Smith’s The Everyday of women who sell Mary Kay cosmetics and another on World as Problematic (1987) as their basis, L. Susan Williams African American women’s book groups by BeEtta Stoney. and Michelle Bemiller examine the party plan economy as There is also a case study on the history of Tupperware and both a form of work and a form of consumption, and argue its in-home party plan contributed by Sue Zschoche. that the party plan economy genders us by eliciting our par- However, Williams and Bemiller do not cite the excellent ticipation in the parties, work, consumption patterns, and life- book by Alison J. Clarke on Tupperware (2001). This is a styles they generate. The authors frame the party plan curious omission given the rich historical and
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