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

In a remarkable pairing, two renowned social critics offer a groundbreaking anthology that examines the unexplored consequences of globalization on the lives of women worldwide

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 Mexico, Sri Lanka, the Philippines, and other third world countries to work in the homes, nurseries, and brothels of the first world. This broad-scale transfer of labor associated with women's traditional roles results in an odd displacement. In the new global calculus, the female energy that flows to wealthy countries is subtracted from poor ones, often to the detriment of the families left behind. The migrant nanny--or cleaning woman, nursing care attendant, maid--eases a "care deficit" in rich countries, while her absence creates a "care deficit" back home.

Confronting a range of topics, from the fate of Vietnamese mail-order brides to the importation of Mexican nannies in Los Angeles and the selling of Thai girls to Japanese brothels, Global Woman offers an unprecedented look at a world shaped by mass migration and economic exchange on an ever-increasing scale. In fifteen vivid essays-- of which only four have been previously published-- by a diverse and distinguished group of writers, collected and introduced by bestselling authors Barbara Ehrenreich and Arlie Russell Hochschild, this important anthology reveals a new era in which the main resource extracted from the third world is no longer gold or silver, but love.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781429963053
Publisher: Holt, Henry & Company, Inc.
Publication date: 01/01/2004
Sold by: Macmillan
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 612,237
File size: 637 KB

About the Author

Barbara Ehrenreich is the author of New York Times bestsellers Nickel and Dimed (0-8050-6388-9) and The Worst Years of Our Lives, as well as Blood Rights (0-8050-5787-0).

Arlie Russell Hochschild is the author of national bestsellers The Time Bind (0-8050-6643-8) and The Second Shift.

Barbara Ehrenreich is the bestselling author of several books including Nickel and Dimed, Bait and Switch, Bright-sided, This Land Is Their Land, Dancing In The Streets and Blood Rites. A frequent contributor to Harper's and The Nation, she has also been a columnist at The New York Times and Time magazine.

“A simply brilliant, hilarious satirist.”—The Baltimore Sun

“It would be hard to find a wittier, more insightful guide to the last three decades than Ehrenreich. Arguing with her is part of the pleasure of reading her.”—Laura Shapiro, Newsweek

Arlie Russell Hochschild is the author of The Time Bind, The Second Shift, and The Managed Heart. She is a professor of sociology at the University of California, Berkeley, Her articles have appeared in Harper's, Mother Jones, and Psychology Today, among others. She lives in San Francisco.

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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.
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