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

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Macmillan, 2004 - Business & Economics - 328 pages
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"Important and provocative . . . There are many tempting reasons to pick up Global Woman." —The New York Times

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 third world countries to work in the homes, nurseries, and brothels of the first world. This broad-scale transfer of labor results in an odd displacement, in which the female energy that flows to wealthy countries is subtracted from poor ones—easing a "care deficit" in rich countries, while creating one back home.

Confronting a range of topics from the fate of Vietnamese mail-order brides to the importation of Mexican nannies in Los Angeles, Global Woman offers an original look at a world increasingly shaped by mass migration and economic exchange. Collected and with an Introduction by bestselling social critics Barbara Ehrenreich and Arlie Russell Hochschild, this groundbreaking anthology reveals a new era in which the main resource extracted from developing nations is no longer gold or silver, but love.

 

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Contents

Introduction
1
Love and Gold
15
The Nanny Dilemma
31
Children and Transnational Families in the New Global Economy
39
Blowups and Other Unhappy Endings
55
Caring for the Independent Person
70
Maid to Order
85
Just Another Job? The Commodification of Domestic Labor
104
Breadwinner No More
190
Because She Looks like a Child
207
Highly Educated Overseas Brides and LowWage US Husbands
230
Global Cities and Survival Circuits
254
Maps and Chart
275
Activist Organizations
281
Notes
285
Bibliography
317

Household Rules and Relations
115
Migrant Maids and ModernDay Slavery
142
Sex Tourism as a Steppingstone to International Migration
154
Migrant Domestics and Their Taiwanese Employers Across Generations
169
Acknowledgments
325
The Contributors
326
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About the author (2004)

Barbara Ehrenreich is the bestselling author of Nickel and Dimed, Bait and Switch, Bright-sided, This Land Is Their Land, Dancing in the Streets and Blood Rites, among others. A frequent contributor to Harper's and The Nation, she has also been a columnist at The New York Times and Time magazine. She is the winner of the L.A. Times Book Prize for Current Interest and ALA Notable Books for Nonfiction.

Ehrenreich was born in Butte, Montana, when it was still a bustling mining town. She studied physics at Reed College, and earned a Ph.D. in cell biology from Rockefeller University. Rather than going into laboratory work, she got involved in activism, and soon devoted herself to writing her innovative journalism. She lives and works in Florida.

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