The New Maids: Transnational Women and the Care Economy by Helma Lutz

By Helma Lutz

The hot Maids is a pioneering booklet, grounded on wealthy, empirical facts, which examines the connection among globalization, transnationalism, gender and the care economic system. Expertly addressing the thorny questions that encompass the expanding variety of migrant family employees and cleaners, child-carers and caregivers who keep smooth Western families, the writer argues that household paintings performs the defining function in worldwide ethnic and gender hierarchies. utilizing a significant ethnographic learn of immigrant household employees and their German staff as its place to begin, the recent Maids makes use of the voices of such girls themselves to supply special conceptual and evidential aid for this important new process argument. This intriguing ebook won't purely increase the readers realizing of the hot care-economy; it's also units criteria for feminist international technique.

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E. were far removed from a natural situation. In the end it had to be assumed that participant observation in a domestic context yields results only when it takes place over long periods of time and the researcher herself becomes 41 3â•›·â•›â•›Domestic work and lifestyles and came about at all only thanks to the fortunate circumstance that the interviewer knew everyone involved personally. 8 In our own case, this would have meant abandoning the multilocality of the research design, which we did not wish to do.

Migrants’ decisions about migration are informed and justified by the information they receive via their informal networks. Since Thomas’s and Znaniecki’s 1920s classic The Polish Peasant in Europe and America, the pace of this may have escalated, but the reasons for migration and the coupling of personal decisions to collective networks have changed rather less. The real novelty is the greater degree of mobility already mentioned, which does in fact lead to new types of migrant trajectories and biographies, so that migrants often utilize the opportunity structures of not one but several host countries to achieve their goals.

11 One objection to this practice, of course, might have been that much of what is authentic was lost; for example, the creative ways in which non-native speakers expressed themselves in German. Many informants impressed with their linguistic inventiveness, turning idioms and turns of phrase from their mother tongues into very telling German descriptions. However, the linguistic analysis of such inventiveness would have exceeded the bounds of this study, and therefore had to be put to one side.

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