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Migration and domestic work

A European perspective on a global theme

Helma Lutz

Ashgate 2008, 224 s. ISBN 9780754547904
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  • Domestic work has become highly relevant on a local and global scale. Until a decade ago, domestic workers were rare in European households; today they can be found working for middle-class families and single people, for double or single parents as well as for the elderly. Performing the three C's – cleaning, caring and cooking – domestic workers offer their woman power on a global market which Europe has become part of. This global market is now considered the largest labour market for women world wide and it has triggered the feminization of migration.

    This volume brings together contributions by European and US based researchers to look at the connection between migration and domestic work on an empirical and theoretical level. The contributors elaborate on the phenomenon of 'domestic work' in late modern societies by discussing different methodological and theoretical approaches in an interdisciplinary setting. The volume also looks at the gendered aspects of domestic work; it asks why the re-introduction of domestic workers in European households has become so popular and will argue that this phenomenon is challenging gender theories. This is a timely book and will be of interest to academics and students in the fields of migration, gender and European studies.

  • Contents: Foreword; Introduction: migrant domestic workers in Europe, Helma Lutz; Part 1 Domestic Work – Business as Usual?: The intersection of childcare regimes and migration regimes: a 3-country study, Fiona Williams and Anna Gavanas; Migrations and the restructuring of the welfare state in Italy: change and continuity in the domestic work sector, Franscesca Scrinzi; When home becomes a workplace: domestic work as an ordinary job in Germany?, Helma Lutz; Perceptions of work in Albanian immigrants testimonies and the structure of domestic work in Greece, Pothiti Hantzaroula. Part 2 Transnational Migration Spaces: Policies, Families and Household Management: The globalization of domestic service – a historical perspective, Raffaela Sarti; Perpetually foreign: Filipina migrant domestic workers in Rome, Rhacel Salazar Parreñas; Domestic work and transnational care chains in Spain, Angeles Escriva and Emmeline Skinner; Contingencies among households: gendered division of labour and transnational household organization – the case of Ukrainians in Austria, Bettina Haidinger. Part 3 States and Markets: Migration Regimes and Strategies: Risk and risk strategies in migration: Ukrainian domestic workers in Poland, Marta Kindler; Between intimacy and alienage: the legal construction of domestic and carework in the welfare state, Guy Mundlak and Hila Shamir; Being illegal in Europe: strategies and policies for fairer treatment of migrant domestic workers, Norbert Cyrus; Conclusion: domestic work, migration and the new gender order in contemporary Europe, Gul Ozyegin and Pierette Hondagneu-Sotelo; Index.

  • About the Editor: Helma Lutz is a Professor of Women's and Gender Studies. She is at the J.W. Goethe University Frankfurt/M, Department of Social Science, Germany. Her research interests are gender, migration, ethnicity, nationalism, racism and citizenship. She has a long record of research about the intersection of gender and ethnicity in European societies and has widely published on these issues in three languages (Dutch, German, English). Her most recent book in German is: Vom Weltmarkt in den Privathaushalt. Die 'Neuen Dienstmädchen' im Zeitalter der Globalisierung. Opladen: Barbara Budrich 2007. She is the editor of the special issue of the European Journal of Women's Studies (14)3, 2007: Domestic Work. Her main publications in English are: The New Migration in Europe. Social Constructions and Social Realities (co-editor with Khalid Koser, London: MacMillan, 1998); Crossfires. Nationalism, Racism and Gender in Europe (co-editor with Ann Phoenix and Nira Yuval-Davis, London: Pluto Press,1995).