The New Maids: Transnational Women and the Care Economy
November 2, 2012
The New Maids is a pioneering book, grounded on rich, empirical evidence, which examines the relationship between globalization, transnationalism, gender and the care economy. Expertly addressing the thorny questions that surround the increasing number of migrant domestic workers and cleaners, child-carers and caregivers who maintain modern Western households, the author argues that domestic work plays the defining role in global ethnic and gender hierarchies.
Using a central ethnographic study of immigrant domestic workers and their German employees as its starting point, The New Maids uses the voices of such women themselves to provide unique conceptual and evidential support for this vital new approach argument. This exciting book will not only enhance the reader’s understanding of the new care-economy, it also sets standards for feminist global methodology.
The New Maids: Transnational Women and the Care Economy, by Helma Lutz ; translated by Deborah Shannon. London ; New York : Zed Books ; New York : Distributed in the USA exclusively by Palgrave Macmillan, 2011. 241 p. ISBN 9781848132887 (pbk.)
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