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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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 best selling authors Barbara Ehrenreich and Arlie Russell Hochschild, this 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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User Review  - Janine2011 - LibraryThing

This book takes on a subject most of us choose to ignore. The invisible work of nannies, domestics and sex workers... most of whom travel around the world for low paying, no benefit jobs. Most are ... Read full review

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User Review  - Meggo - LibraryThing

An interesting book based on a series of scholarly essays about women's conditions in the global economy - largely as international domestic help, but also as nannies and sex workers. The length of ... Read full review

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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.