1st Edition

When Care Work Goes Global Locating the Social Relations of Domestic Work

Edited By Mary Romero, Valerie Preston, Wenona Giles Copyright 2014
    332 Pages
    by Routledge

    330 Pages
    by Routledge

    Women who migrate into domestic labour and care work are the single largest female occupational group migrating globally at present. Their participation in global migration systems has been acknowledged but remains under-theorized. Specifically, the impacts of women migrating into care work in the receiving as well as the sending societies are profound, altering gendered aspects of both societies. We know that migration systems link the women who migrate and the households and organizations that employ domestic and care workers, but how do these migration systems work, and more importantly, what are their impacts on the sending as well as the receiving societies? How do sending and receiving societies regulate women’s migration for care work and how do these labour market exchanges take place? How is reproductive labour changed in the receiving society when it is done by women who are subject to multifaceted othering/racializing processes? A must buy acquisition, When Care Work Goes Global will be an extremely valuable addition for course adoption in migration, labour and gender courses taught in Sociology, Anthropology, Geography, Women's Studies, Area Studies, and International Development Studies.

    When Care Work Goes Global


    Valerie Preston is Professor in the Department of Geography at York University, Canada; Mary Romero is Professor in Justice and Social Inquiry, Arizona State University, USA; Wenona Giles, is Professor, Department of Anthropology and Associate Researcher, Centre for Refugee Studies.

    ’When Care Work Goes Global is a truly global analysis of the continuing significance of paid care and domestic labour. Ranging over five continents, this is a substantial and sophisticated collection, which shows just how important reproductive work is to the functioning of twenty-first century neoliberal capitalism.’ Rosie Cox, Birkbeck University of London, UK ’In this excellent collection the contributors provide an innovative and global view on the new international division of reproductive labour. They demonstrate how and why domestic and care work developed into the now largest occupation sector for female migrants worldwide which encompasses not only migration movements from the global South to the global North but also those from rural to urban areas and between countries of the global South. By portraying the large array of complicated social relations in this field, the authors help to understand the complex phenomenon of care migration in the twenty-first century. A must read for students and scholars, this book contains new insights even for those of us who have been in the field for a long time.’ Helma Lutz, Goethe University, Germany