Synopses & Reviews
and#160;To date, most research on immigrant women and labor forces has focused on the participation of immigrant women on formal labor markets. In this study, contributors focus on informal economies such as health care, domestic work, street vending, and the garment industry, where displaced and undocumented women are more likely to work. Because such informal labor markets are unregulated, many of these workers face abusive working conditions that are not reported for fear of job loss or deportation. In examining the complex dynamics of how immigrant women navigate political and economic uncertainties, this collection highlights the important role of citizenship status in defining immigrant women's opportunities, wages, and labor conditions.and#160;Contributors are Pallavi Banerjee, Grace Chang, Margaret M. Chin, Jennifer Jihye Chun, Handeacute;ctor R. Cordero-Guzmandaacute;n, Emir Estrada, Lucy Fisher, Nilda Flores-Gonzandaacute;lez, Ruth Gomberg-Munoz, Anna Romina Guevarra, Shobha Hamal Gurung, Pierrette Hondagneu-Sotelo, Marandiacute;a de la Luz Ibarra, Miliann Kang, George Lipsitz, Lolita Andrada Lledo, Lorena Muandntilde;oz, Bandana Purkayastha, Mary Romero, Young Shin, Michelle Tandeacute;llez, and Maura Toro-Morn.
andquot;By including the voices of the women currently doing the majority of reproductive work in the US, Immigrant Women Workers
adds an important element to the conversation. Immigrant Women Workers
captures many of the issues of perpetual importance to immigrant women workers.andquot;--Womenand#39;s Review of Books
and#160;andquot;These analytically rich and ethnographically vivid accounts of immigrant womenand#39;s work will help scholars and activists understand these womenand#39;s labor conditions and their efforts to gain empowerment and justice. A stimulating and thought-provoking contribution to labor studies, womenand#39;s studies, and ethnic studies.andquot;--Mary Margaret Fonow, coeditor of Making Globalization Work for Women: The Role of Social Rights and Trade Union Leadership
"Grounded in rich ethnographic data, each of these informative case studies makes for compelling reading in addressing these workers' current conditions and positions. Highly Recommended."--Choice
"An important volume that highlights the ways in which immigrant women in the US are both adapting to, and fighting to improve, their workplaces."--Labour/Le Travail
"A valuable addition to a growing body of literature that critically examines the experiences of women migrants in the informal economy.and#160; What sets this collection of papers apart from other works on immigrant worker women is that in these narratives the women's trials and their triumphs are highlighted.and#160; These women are not passive victim in their narratives.and#160; Their agency is apparent, and presented clearly to the reader."--Gender and Development
About the Author
and#160;Nilda Flores-Gonzandaacute;lez is an associate professor with a joint appointment in sociology and the Latin American and Latino Studies Program at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Anna Romina Guevarra is an associate professor of Asian American studies and affiliated faculty in gender and women's studies and sociology at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Maura Toro-Morn is a professor of sociology at Illinois State University. Grace Chang is an associate professor of feminist studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara.