Not One of the Family: Foreign Domestic Workers in Canada

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Abigail Bess Bakan, Daiva K. Stasiulis
University of Toronto Press, 1997 - History - 181 pages
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In Not One of the Family, experts on foreign domestic workers and workers-turned-activists document how the Canadian system has institutionalized unequal treatment of citizen and non-citizen workers. Since the 1940s, rights of citizenship for immigrant domestic workers in Canada have declined while the number of women recruited from Third World countries to work in Canadian homes has dramatically increased. The analysis in Not One of the Family is both theoretical to the practical, framing ideologies of privacy, maternalism, familialism, and rights, as well as examining government policy, labour organizing, and strategies to resist exploitation.

A key resource for all centres for women and immigrant workers, Not One of the Family is also essential reading for civil rights and immigration lawyers, labour groups, and government policy makers.

 

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Contents

Five
5
Foreign Domestic Worker Policy in Canada and the Social Boundaries
29
From Mothers of the Nation to Migrant Workers
53
International Relations and the Movement
81
The Rise and Fall of Collective Bargain
119
Organizing Domestic Workers
147
References
165
Index
179
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About the author (1997)

Daiva K. Stasiulis is a professor in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at Carleton University. Abigail B. Bakan is a professor in the Department of Political Studies and the Department of Women's Studies at Queen's University.

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