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

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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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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


Introduction by Barbara Ehrenreich and Arlie Russell Hochschild
Love and Gold by Arlie Russell Hochschild
The Nanny Dilemma by Susan Cheever
The Care Crisis in the Philippines Children and Transnational Families in the New Global Economy by Rhacel Salazar Parreņas
Blowups and Other Unhappy Endings by Pierrette HondagneuSotelo
Invisible Labors Caring for the Independent Person by Lynn May Rivas
Maid to Order by Barbara Ehrenreich
Just Another Job? The Commodification of Domestic Labor by Bridget Anderson
Breadwinner No More by Michele Gamburd
Because She Looks like a Child by Kevin Bales
Clashing Dreams Highly Educated Overseas Brides and LowWage US Husbands by Hung Cam Thai
Global Cities and Survival Circuits by Saskia Sassen
Migration Trends Maps and Chart by Roberta Espinoza
Appendix Activist Organizations

Filipina Workers in Hong Kong Homes Household Rules and Relations by Nicole Constable
Americas Dirty Work Migrant Maids and ModernDay Slavery by Joy M Zarembka
Selling Sex for Visas Sex Tourism as a Steppingstone to International Migration by Denise Brennan
Among Women Migrant Domestics and Their Taiwanese Employers Across Generations by PeiChia Lan
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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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