Doing the Dirty Work? by Bridget Anderson
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Doing the Dirty Work?
By Bridget Anderson

Doing the Dirty Work?

The Global Politics of Domestic Labour

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Doing the Dirty Work? by Bridget Anderson

Book Awards

  • Winner of Philip Abrams Memorial Prize 2001.

Book Description

There has been a tendency amongst feminists to see domestic work as the great leveller, a common burden imposed on all women equally by patriarchy. This unique study of migrant domestic workers in the North uncovers some uncomfortable facts about the race and class aspects of domestic oppression. Based on original research, it looks at the racialisation of paid domestic labour in the North - a phenomenon which challenges feminsim and political theory at a fundamental level. The book opens with an exploration of the public/private divide and an overview of the debates on women and power. The author goes on to provide a map of employment patterns of migrant women in domestic work in the North; she describes the work they perform, their living and working conditions and their employment relations. A chapter on the US explores the connections between slavery and contemporary domestic service while a section on commodification examines the extent to which migrant domestic workers are not selling their labour but their whole personhood. The book also looks at the role of the Other in managing dirt, death and pollution and the effects of the feminisation of the labour market - as middle class white women have greater presence in the public sphere, they are more likely to push responsibility for domestic work onto other women. In its depiction of the treatment of women from the South by women in the North, the book asks some difficult questions about the common bond of womanhood. Packed with information on the numbers of migrant women working as domestics, the racism, immigration or employment legislation that constrains their lives, and testimonies from the workers themselves, this is the most comprehensive study of migrant domestic workers available.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9781856497619
ISBN-10: 1856497615
Format: Paperback
(216mm x 138mm x 13mm)
Pages: 224
Imprint: Zed Books Ltd
Publisher: Zed Books Ltd
Publish Date: 1-Feb-2000
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Citizenship and its Others by Bridget Anderson Citizenship and its Others, Hardback (November 2015)

This edited volume analyzes citizenship through attention to its Others, revealing the partiality of citizenship's inclusion and claims to equality by defining it as legal status, political belonging and membership rights. Established and emerging scholars explore the exclusion of migrants, welfare claimants, women, children and others.

Us and Them? by Bridget Anderson Us and Them?, Paperback (May 2015)

Us and Them? explores the distinction between migrant and citizen through using the concept of 'the community of value'. The challenges of migration go to the heart of equality, rights, freedom, and membership. These are not only matters for migrants but go to the heart of citizens' politics.

Migration and Care Labour by Bridget Anderson Migration and Care Labour, Hardback (March 2014)

The provision of care has been widely referred to as facing a 'crisis'. International migrants are increasingly relied upon to provide care - as domestic workers, nannies, care assistants and nurses. This international volume examines the global construction of migrant care labour and how it manifests itself in different contexts.

Who Needs Migrant Workers? by Bridget Anderson Who Needs Migrant Workers?, Paperback (May 2012)

This book provides a framework for analysing labour immigration and public policy. It looks at the changing role of migrant workers and the demand for labour across six sectors: health, social care, hospitality, food production, construction, and financial services.

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Author Biography - Bridget Anderson

Bridget Jane Anderson is a research fellow in the sociology department at the University of Warwick.

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