Global Woman: Nannies, Maids, and Sex Workers in the New Economy

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Barbara Ehrenreich, Arlie Russell Hochschild
Macmillan, Jan 6, 2003 - Social Science - 328 pages
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In a remarkable pairing, two renowned social critics offer a groundbreaking anthology that examines the unexplored consequences of globalization on the lives of women worldwide

Women are moving around the globe as never before. But for every female executive racking up frequent flier miles, there are multitudes of women whose journeys go unnoticed. Each year, millions leave Mexico, Sri Lanka, the Philippines, and other third world countries to work in the homes, nurseries, and brothels of the first world. This broad-scale transfer of labor associated with women's traditional roles results in an odd displacement. In the new global calculus, the female energy that flows to wealthy countries is subtracted from poor ones, often to the detriment of the families left behind. The migrant nanny--or cleaning woman, nursing care attendant, maid--eases a "care deficit" in rich countries, while her absence creates a "care deficit" back home.

Confronting a range of topics, from the fate of Vietnamese mail-order brides to the importation of Mexican nannies in Los Angeles and the selling of Thai girls to Japanese brothels, Global Woman offers an unprecedented look at a world shaped by mass migration and economic exchange on an ever-increasing scale. In fifteen vivid essays-- of which only four have been previously published-- by a diverse and distinguished group of writers, collected and introduced by bestselling authors Barbara Ehrenreich and Arlie Russell Hochschild, this important anthology reveals a new era in which the main resource extracted from the third world is no longer gold or silver, but love.

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Review: Global Woman: Nannies, Maids, and Sex Workers in the New Economy

User Review  - Hazel - Goodreads

A very interesting look at migration trends: what prompts women from developing countries to work abroad, what their experience is here, working as nannies, maids, and sex workers, and sociological ... Read full review

Review: Global Woman: Nannies, Maids, and Sex Workers in the New Economy

User Review  - Tami - Goodreads

Really informative. I really like some of the chapters that focused on The Philippines and on Taiwan. This is mostly from a social science slant, but it wasn't boring and bogged down with too many statistics. There were astute cultural insights in some of these chapters. I learned a lot. Read full review


Introduction by Barbara Ehrenreich and Arlie Russell Hochschild
Love and Gold by Arlie Russell Hochschild
The Nanny Dilemma by Susan Cheever
Blowups and Other Unhappy Endings
Caring for the Independent Person
Maid to Order by Barbara Ehrenreich
Just Another Job? The Commodification of Domestic Labor
Migrant Maids and ModernDay Slavery
Migrant Domestics and Their Taiwanese
Breadwinner No More by Michele Gamburd
Because She Looks like a Child by Kevin Bales
Highly Educated Overseas Brides
Global Cities and Survival Circuits by Saskia Sassen
Activist Organizations

Sex Tourism as a Steppingstone

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Barbara Ehrenreich is the author of New York Times bestsellers Nickel and Dimed (0-8050-6388-9) and The Worst Years of Our Lives, as well as Blood Rights (0-8050-5787-0).

Arlie Russell Hochschild is the author of national bestsellers The Time Bind (0-8050-6643-8) and The Second Shift.

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