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.
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