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Immigration and WomenUnderstanding the American Experience$
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Susan C. Pearce, Elizabeth J. Clifford, and Reena Tandon

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780814767382

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9780814767382.001.0001

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“I Am Not Only a Domestic Worker; I Am a Woman”

“I Am Not Only a Domestic Worker; I Am a Woman”

Immigrant Women and Domestic Service

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Immigration and Women

Susan C. Pearce

Elizabeth J. Clifford

Reena Tandon

NYU Press

This chapter introduces female domestic workers—who are largely invisible as a group because their labor as domestic workers remains behind the closed doors of private households. Domestic service can be singled out as a foremost employer of transnational immigrant women. It is situated at the intersections of gender, race, ethnicity, and social class, within the context of global capitalism and transnational mobility. Women, located at these variable intersections, rather than being merely driven and defined by them, constantly reconfigure these axes through their endeavors and reincarnate themselves through their struggles. The chapter showcases these women's descriptions of their employment, expectations, and treatment, and examines this sector's potential for abuse and exploitation.

Keywords:   domestic workers, domestic service, global capitalism, transnational mobility, abuse and exploitation

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