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Born Out of Place: Migrant Mothers and the Politics of International Labor / Edition 1

Born Out of Place: Migrant Mothers and the Politics of International Labor / Edition 1

by Nicole Constable
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Hong Kong is a meeting ground for migrant domestic workers, traders, refugees, asylum seekers, tourists and businessmen, and local residents. At the heart of this book are the stories and experiences of migrant mothers from Indonesia and the Philippines, their South Asian, African, Chinese, and Western expatriate partners, and their Hong Kong born babies. Constable gives voice to the immigrant mothers in this Asian world city and, in the process, raises a serious question: do we regard immigrants as people, or just workers? This accessible ethnography provides insight into global problems of mobility, family, and citizenship and points to the consequences, creative responses, melodramas, and tragedies of labor and migration policies.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780520282025
Publisher: University of California Press
Publication date: 03/14/2014
Edition description: First Edition, 1
Pages: 280
Sales rank: 1,356,231
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Nicole Constable is Director of Asian Studies and Professor of Anthropology in the Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences and Research Professor in the University Center for International Studies at the University of Pittsburgh. She is the author of Romance on a Global Stage: Pen Pals, Virtual Ethnography, and "Mail Order" Marriages and Made to Order in Hong Kong: Stories of Migrant Workers.

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1. A Very Tiny Problem

2. Ethnography and Everyday Life

3. Women

4. Men

5. Sex and Babies

6. Wives and Workers

7. Asylum Seekers and Overstayers

8. The Migratory Cycle of Atonement




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