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Brokering ServitudeMigration and the Politics of Domestic Labor during the Long Nineteenth Century$
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Andrew Urban

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780814785843

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: September 2018

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9780814785843.001.0001

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Brokering Servitude

Andrew Urban

NYU Press

This chapter provides an overview of the book’s focus, and devotes particular attention to the key concepts that it grapples with: labor brokerage, contracts and their relationship to defining free labor, the economic and social value of domesticity, and the involvement of the state in determining how supplies of domestic labor get constituted and regulated. As the introduction to the book, this chapter emphasizes how this study approaches domestic labor in a unique way, by connecting how the social relations undergirding the production of middle-class domesticity are brokered and consciously governed through various attempts to move migrant labor as a commodity.

Keywords:   domesticity, contracts, state, free labor, labor brokerage

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