Global Woman: Nannies, Maids, and Sex Workers in the New Economy

Global Woman: Nannies, Maids, and Sex Workers in the New Economy

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Global Woman: Nannies, Maids, and Sex Workers in the New Economy by Barbara Ehrenreich

"Important and provocative . . . There are many tempting reasons to pick up Global Woman." —The New York Times

Women are moving around the globe as never before. But for every female executive racking up frequent flier miles, there are multitudes of women whose journeys go unnoticed. Each year, millions leave third world countries to work in the homes, nurseries, and brothels of the first world. This broad-scale transfer of labor results in an odd displacement, in which the female energy that flows to wealthy countries is subtracted from poor ones—easing a "care deficit" in rich countries, while creating one back home.

Confronting a range of topics from the fate of Vietnamese mail-order brides to the importation of Mexican nannies in Los Angeles, Global Woman offers an original look at a world increasingly shaped by mass migration and economic exchange. Collected and with an Introduction by bestselling social critics Barbara Ehrenreich and Arlie Russell Hochschild, this groundbreaking anthology reveals a new era in which the main resource extracted from developing nations is no longer gold or silver, but love.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780805075090
Publisher: Holt, Henry & Company, Inc.
Publication date: 01/01/2004
Edition description: First Edition
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 304,210
Product dimensions: 5.57(w) x 8.28(h) x 0.92(d)

About the Author

Barbara Ehrenreich is the bestselling author of Nickel and Dimed, Bait and Switch, Bright-sided, This Land Is Their Land, Dancing in the Streets and Blood Rites, among others. A frequent contributor to Harper's and The Nation, she has also been a columnist at The New York Times and Time magazine. She is the winner of the L.A. Times Book Prize for Current Interest and ALA Notable Books for Nonfiction.

Ehrenreich was born in Butte, Montana, when it was still a bustling mining town. She studied physics at Reed College, and earned a Ph.D. in cell biology from Rockefeller University. Rather than going into laboratory work, she got involved in activism, and soon devoted herself to writing her innovative journalism. She lives and works in Florida.

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Global Woman: Nannies, Maids, and Sex Workers in the New Economy 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
PVF More than 1 year ago
This excellent book. edited by Barbara Ehrenreich (Nickeled and Dimed) and Arlie Hochschild, gives startling insight into the horrible jobs women have in the global economy, starting with being lied to about a job oppty and have that job turned into being a captive prostitute. It is an alarming global scandal that no one seems to be doing anything about, so if this book generates some positive action in this area, it will be a godsend to the many women, esp. in the third world, whose lives are basically taken away from them by a kind of capitalism that values money over lives. It's sickening to read about, but it makes you want to act to create better futures for these women. But it's not so sickening that you shouldn't read it. It's a critically important book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago