Heather Paxson

Heather Paxson is currently working on an examination of “alternative” practices of domestic economy across working- and middle-class households to investigate the widespread nature of economies of sentiment and everyday social transactions that are also economic — e.g., playdates as a bartered form of child care, informal loans and resource-sharing, vegetable gardening and wild foods foraging, and bargain-hunting — whose unsung centrality to “how people get by” has the potential to challenge received wisdom about capitalism and class.