Synopses & Reviews
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.
"This very interesting collection focuses on the multiple effects of globalization on women and their families. Among its subjects are the rise in female migration, the transfer of domestic services from low to high-income countries, the care crisis left behind by transnational families, and the problems of international sex tourism. The different essays raise key questions and are important reading for our time." Lourdes Beneria, Professor of City and Regional Planning and Women's Studies at Cornell University
"For womens study courses, this look at a heretofore largely unexplored phenomenon is sure to provide controversial material." Kirkus Reviews
"Two of the best social thinkers of our time have joined together to produce a volume of deep insight and impeccable scholarship about what it means to be female, poor and ready to move across borders. Long after the advocates of Neoliberalism have been forgotten, this book will live on." Patricia Fernández-Kelly, author of For We Are Sold, I and My People
"This important book should find a place for itself among scholars of globalization, migration studies, and women's studies." Publishers Weekly
"Global Woman is an extraordinary and original book documenting the effects of far-flung globalization on that most local, domestic, and essential of pursuitsmothering. The commercialization of domestic activity has been hidden in plain view. The authors of Global Woman make it vividly visible." Robert Kuttner, co-editor of The American Prospect
"A series of vivid and devastating portraits of women caught up in the global commodification of women's traditional labor, this collection also illuminates the larger forces driving the transnational traffic in child and elder care, housecleaning, and sex services....Global Woman will change the way we think about globalization and about women's caring labor." Evelyn Nakano Glenn, author of Unequal Freedom: How Race and Gender Shaped American Citizenship and Labor
“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.
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.
Table of Contents
Introduction by Barbara Ehrenreich and Arlie Russell Hochschild
Love and Gold by Arlie Russell Hochschild
The Nanny Dilemma by Susan Cheever
The Care Crisis in the Philippines: Children and Transnational Families in the New Global Economy by Rhacel Salazar Parreñas
Blowups and Other Unhappy Endings by Pierrette Hondagneu-Sotelo
Invisible Labors: Caring for the Independent Person by Lynn May Rivas
Maid to Order by Barbara Ehrenreich
Just Another Job? The Commodification of Domestic Labor by Bridget Anderson
Filipina Workers in Hong Kong Homes: Household Rules and Relations by Nicole Constable
America's Dirty Work: Migrant Maids and Modern-Day Slavery by Joy M. Zarembka
Selling Sex for Visas: Sex Tourism as a Stepping Stone to International Migration by Denise Brennan
Among Women: Migrant Domestics and Their Taiwanese Employers Across Generations by Pei-Chia Lan
Breadwinner No More by Michele Gamburd
Because She Looks like a Child by Kevin Bales
Clashing Dreams: Highly Educated Overseas Brides and Low-Wage U.S. Husbands by Hung Cam Thai
Global Cities and Survival Circuits by Saskia Sassen
Migration Trends: Maps and Chart by Robert Espinoza
f0Appendix: Activist Organizations