Multinational maids : stepwise migration in a global labor market / Anju Mary Paul (Yale-NUS College, Singapore).

Paul, Anju Mary [Browse]
  • Cambridge, United Kingdom : Cambridge University Press, 2017.
  • ©2017
xxix, 386 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm


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Multinational Maids offers an in-depth investigation into the international migrations of Filipino and Indonesian migrant domestic workers. The author taps on her rigorous study of more than 1,200 subjects' migration trajectories to reveal how these migrants work in a series of overseas countries to improve their lives and, in some cases, seek permanent residence in another country. Challenging the portrayal of Asian migrant domestic workers as victims of globalization, Multinational Maids reveals migrants' agency and strategic thinking under conditions of constraint. At the market level, the establishment of guestworker programs for migrant domestic workers in multiple countries has created a global labor market. A transnational diaspora shapes migrants' evolving destination imaginaries, while manpower recruitment and placement agencies create transnational mobility structures. In addition, differing destination hierarchies and degrees of access to resources lead to the adoption of divergent stepwise trajectories. Written in an accessible manner, Multinational Maids appeals to migration scholars, policymakers, activists, and students.
Bibliographic references
Includes bibliographical references (pages 333-363) and index.
Part I. The context -- Key concepts in stepwise international labor migration -- Origin stories -- Global but uneven : the market for migrant domestic workers -- Part II. The actors -- Stepwise journeys, compared, and contrasted -- The world according to migrant domestic workers -- Inside the stepwise migrant's suitcase -- The agents of stepwise migration -- Part III. The aftermath -- The end of the road.
  • 9781107190894 ((hardback : : alk. paper))
  • 1107190894
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