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The New American ServitudePolitical Belonging among African Immigrant Home Care Workers$
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Caiti Coe

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9781479831012

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: September 2019

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9781479831012.001.0001

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Longing for a House

(p.125) Interlude
The New American Servitude

Cati Coe

NYU Press

This coda explores how home health workers displace the humiliation, powerlessness, and anger they experience at work into a longing for a house of their own, “at home.” The feelings of humiliation, which cannot be expressed to the patient except indirectly through flight, can be mitigated and channeled through trying to attain the culturally designated goal of one’s own house. The indignities of their profession drive them to seek dignity in their home countries. The coda focuses on the process of one care worker building a house in Ghana.

Keywords:   humiliation, house-building, dignity, transnationalism

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