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Taking as her subjects migrant Filipina domestic workers in Rome and Los Angeles, transnational migrant families in the Philippines, and Filipina migrant entertainers in Tokyo, Parrenas documents the social, cultural, and political pressures that maintain women's domesticity in migration, as well as the ways migrant women and their children negotiate these adversities. Parrenas examines the underlying constructions of gender in neoliberal state regimes, export-oriented economies such as that of the Philippines, protective migration laws, and the actions and decisions of migrant Filipino women in maintaining families and communities, raising questions about gender relations, the status of women in globalization, and the meanings of greater consumptive power that migration garners for women. The Force of Domesticity starkly illustrates how the operation of globalization enforces notions of women's domesticity and creates contradictory messages about women's place in society, simultaneously pushing women inside and outside the home.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780814767351
ISBN-10: 0814767354
Format: Paperback
(5817mm x 3887mm x 15mm)
Pages: 224
Imprint: New York University Press
Publisher: New York University Press
Publish Date: 10-Aug-2008
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Rhacel Salazar Parrenas

Rhacel Salazar Parrenas is Professor of American Civilization at Brown University. She is the author of Servants of Globalization: Women, Migration and Domestic Work and Children of Global Migration: Transnational Families and Gendered Woes, and the co-editor of Asian Diasporas: New Conceptions, New Formations.

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