Global Dimensions of Gender and Carework / Edition 1

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Why are women such prominent workers in the global marketplace? Why do so many perform jobs that involve carework? What political forces have made these women key participants in globalization? What are the consequences for the women themselves, for their families, and for societies and international relations in general?

This book offers a provocative examination of globalization, examining the lives of the women at the center of these new global dynamics. Arguing that society is facing multiple crises of care, the authors develop a new framework for understanding the interplay of globalization, gender, and carework. In four original essays, they examine gender, race, and class inequality; migration, citizenship, and the politics of social control; the evolving meanings of motherhood; and new social definitions of carework and the personal transformation of careworkers. Excerpts from the classic works in the field as well as recent cutting-edge research studies support the examination of each of these growing global crises.

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Editorial Reviews

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"This book provides an excellent overview of the complex social forces causing crises in care and the impact of these crises on individuals across the globe. It is a powerful statement and a wonderful teaching resource."—International Journal of Sociology of the Family

"The book is highly readable and a valuable resource for understanding the global hierarchies of inequality."—CHOICE

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780804753241
  • Publisher: Stanford University Press
  • Publication date: 3/17/2006
  • Edition description: 1
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 416
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Mary K. Zimmerman is Professor of Sociology and Professor of Health Policy and Management at the University of Kansas. Jacquelyn S. Litt is Director of Women's and Gender Studies and Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of Missouri, Columbia. Christine E. Bose is Professor of Sociology and Chair of the Women's Studies Department at the University at Albany, State University of New York.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments xiii
Introduction 1
Part I Globalization and Multiple Crises of Care
Chapter 1 Globalization and Multiple Crises of Care 9
Chapter 2 Global Cities and Survival Circuits 30
Chapter 3 Disposable Domestics: Immigrant Women Workers in the Global Economy 39
Chapter 4 Migrant Filipina Domestic Workers and the International Division of Reproductive Labor 48
Chapter 5 Labor Recruitment and the Lure of the Capital: Central American Migrants in Washington, DC 65
Chapter 6 Multilateral Organizations and Early Child Care and Education Policies for Developing Countries 75
Chapter 7 Globalization, Work Hours, and the Care Deficit among Stockbrokers 86
Part II Transnational Migration: Influences on Citizenship, Social Control, and Carework
Chapter 8 Transnational Migration: Influences on Citizenship, Social Control, and Carework 103
Chapter 9 "Just Like One of the Family": Domestic Servants in World Politics 118
Chapter 10 From Unequal Freedom: How Race and Gender Shaped American Citizenship and Labor 123
Chapter 11 Rethinking the Globalization of Domestic Service: Foreign Domestics, State Control, and the Politics of Identity in Taiwan 128
Chapter 12 International Migration, Domestic Work, and Care Work: Undocumented Latina Migrants in Israel 145
Chapter 13 "Forced" into Unpaid Carework: International Students' Wives in the United States 162
Chapter 14 Caregiving in Transnational Context: "My Wings Have Been Cut; Where Can I Fly?" 176
Part III Motherhood, Domestic Work, and Childcare in Global Perspective
Chapter 15 Motherhood, Domestic Work, and Childcare in Global Perspective 195
Chapter 16 The Invisible Heart 211
Chapter 17 Making Care Work: Employed Mothers in the New Childcare Market 217
Chapter 18 Doing the Dirty Work? The Global Politics of Domestic Labour 226
Chapter 19 Unraveling Privilege: Workers' Children and the Hidden Costs of Paid Childcare 240
Chapter 20 "I'm Here, But I'm There": The Meanings of Latina Transnational Motherhood 254
Chapter 21 Maid or Madam? Filipina Migrant Workers and the Continuity of Domestic Labor 266
Chapter 22 "Women Have No Tribe": Connecting Carework, Gender, and Migration in an Era of HIV/AIDS in Botswana 277
Part IV Valuing Carework Through Policy and Culture: Communities, States, and Supranational Institutions
Chapter 23 Valuing Carework through Policy and Culture: Communities, States, and Supranational Institutions 287
Chapter 24 After the Family Wage: A Postindustrial Thought Experiment 305
Chapter 25 Woman-Friendly States and a Public Culture of Care 311
Chapter 26 Women and the Restructuring of Care Work: Cross-National Variations and Trends in Ten OECD Countries 318
Chapter 27 Care Work: Invisible Civic Engagement 324
Chapter 28 Acid Violence and Medical Care in Bangladesh: Women's Activism as Carework 341
Chapter 29 Women's Empowering Carework in Post-Soviet Azerbaijan 351
Chapter 30 Central State Child Care Policies in Post-Authoritarian Spain: Implications for Gender and Carework Arrangements 362
Conclusion 369
Copyright Acknowledgments 379
Index 383
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