Everyday Transgressions: Domestic Workers' Transnational Challenge to International Labor Law

Everyday Transgressions: Domestic Workers' Transnational Challenge to International Labor Law

by Adelle Blackett


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Adelle Blackett tells the story behind the International Labour Organization's (ILO) Decent Work for Domestic Workers Convention No. 189, and its accompanying Recommendation No. 201 which in 2011 created the first comprehensive international standards to extend fundamental protections and rights to the millions of domestic workers laboring in other peoples' homes throughout the world. As the principal legal architect, Blackett is able to take us behind the scenes to show us how Convention No. 189 transgresses the everyday law of the household workplace to embrace domestic workers' human rights claim to be both workers like any other, and workers like no other. In doing so, she discusses the importance of understanding historical forms of invisibility, recognizes the influence of the domestic workers themselves, and weaves in poignant experiences, infusing the discussion of laws and standards with intimate examples and sophisticated analyses. Looking to the future, she ponders how international institutions such as the ILO will address labor market informality alongside national and regional law reform. Regardless of what comes next, Everyday Transgressions establishes that domestic workers' victory is a victory for the ILO and for all those who struggle for an inclusive, transnational vision of labor law, rooted in social justice.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781501715754
Publisher: Cornell University Press
Publication date: 04/15/2019
Pages: 306
Sales rank: 1,066,758
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.80(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

Table of Contents

Introduction: Who Cares?
1. Establishing a Transgressive Transnational Legal Order
2. What's Informality Got to Do with It? On Invisibility
3. Subordination or Servitude in the Law of the Household Workplace: Decent Work for Domestic Workers
4. Searching for Law in Historical Cookbooks
5. Tough Spots at the International Labour Conference
6. Beyond Ratification: Diffusing Decent Work for Domestic Workers
Conclusion: Thinking Transnationally
1. A Note on Terminology
2. Text of the Domestic Workers Convention and Domestic Workers Recommendation
3. International Standard-Setting Timeline
4. The Foregrounded Ethnographies
Glossary of Terms
Selected Bibliography

What People are Saying About This

Evance Kalula

"Everyday Transgressions is a timely tribute, during the ILO's centenary, to domestic workers whose contribution to the global economy has grossly beenundervalued. This book argues for equality-based inclusion of domestic work in international standard setting and implementation, and ultimately in labor law itself. Adelle Blackett has sent a powerful message."

Mary Romero

"Adelle Blackett weaves an inspiring account of the International Domestic Workers Federation and their struggle to transform domestic service and fight for social justice. This is a must read for students of international labor movements, activists organizing precarious workers, and readers committed to social justice."

Eileen Boris

"Everyday Transgressions is sophisticated and multi-faceted. The topic is profoundly felt as well as carefully argued."

Ai-jen Poo

"Everyday Transgressionscaptures the legal, social and procedural contexts for the history-making establishment of transnational legal standards for workers employed in private households. Adelle Blackett's deep expertise gave her a key role and front-row seat in the expansion of labor rights she skillfully documents in thistimely and authoritative book."

Patricia Williams

"Everyday Transgressionsisan unparalleled reflection on the human toll of domestic work—its sacrifices, its gifts, its secrets kept, and its often taken-for-granted infringements upon both basic contract law as well as global human rights. Adelle Blackett listens closely to those who must negotiate between the strictures of false intimacy so frequently licensed when one's workplace is a home. This beautiful volume is local and universal, generous and unsparing, gently compelling yet tremendously urgent."

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