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Disposable Domestics: Immigrant Women Workers in the Global Economy available in Paperback
Illegal. Unamerican. Disposable. In a nation with an unprecedented history of immigration, the prevailing image of those who cross our borders in search of equal opportunity -- in particular women of color of childbearing age -- is that of a drain on society. Grace Chang's vital account of immigrant women's experiences proves just the opposite: that the women who perform our least desirable jobs -- as nannies, domestic workers, janitors, nursing aides, and homecare workers -- are the most crucial to our economy and society. Yet, Chang also shows, as frequently undocumented and therefore disenfranchised, they are among the most vulnerable and exploited.
Chang dismantles recent arguments in favor of curbing immigration and eliminating access to education, health care, and welfare, piercing the rhetoric to reveal the racism and misogyny underneath. She unravels the twisted history of U.S. immigration policy and its role in drawing much-needed workers to the "land of opportunity" and then discarding them when the need has passed. Most importantly, she highlights the unrewarded work immigrant women perform as caregivers, cleaners, and servers and shows how these women are actively resisting the exploitation they face.
Table of Contents
Foreword to the 2016 Edition Ai-jen Poo vii
Foreword to the 2000 Edition Mimi Abramovitz xi
Preface to the 2016 Edition xxi
1 Breeding Ignorance, Breeding Hatred 21
2 Undocumented Latinas: The New Employable Mother 51
3 The Nanny Visa: The Bracero Program Revisited 87
4 Global Exchange: The World Bank, "Welfare Reform," and the Trade in Migrant Women 115
5 Immigrants and Workfare Workers: Employable but "Not Employed" 145
6 Gatekeeping and Housekeeping 179
Afterword to the 2016 Edition Alicia Garza 209