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Justice for Migrant Workers? The Case of Foreign Domestic Workers in Hong Kong and Singapore 1

Daniel A. Bell and Nicola Piper

in Multiculturalism in Asia

Published in print:
2005
Published Online:
February 2006
ISBN:
9780199277629
eISBN:
9780191603303
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0199277621.003.0009
Subject:
Political Science, Political Theory

The trend in Western liberal democracies is to extend to long-term residents most, if not all, the legal rights of citizens and improving their access to citizenship for immigrants and their ... More


Global Cities, Global Workers, Global Unions

Adelyn Lim

in Transnational Feminism and Women's Movements In Post-1997 Hong Kong: Solidarity Beyond the State

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
May 2016
ISBN:
9789888139378
eISBN:
9789888313174
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Hong Kong University Press
DOI:
10.5790/hongkong/9789888139378.003.0006
Subject:
Society and Culture, Gender Studies

This chapter focuses on local and migrant domestic workers' unions in Hong Kong, in the context of the international domestic workers' movement for the International Labor Organization Convention No. ... More


The Temporary Movement of Workers to Provide Services (GATS Mode 4) *

L. Alan Winters

in A Handbook of International Trade in Services

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
January 2008
ISBN:
9780199235216
eISBN:
9780191715624
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199235216.003.0013
Subject:
Economics and Finance, Development, Growth, and Environmental

This chapter considers the case and the means for liberalizing the temporary flow of labor between countries for the purpose of providing services: mode 4 of the GATS. Despite being until now a mere ... More


“Take Us Out of Slavery”

Eileen Boris and Jennifer Klein

in Caring for America: Home Health Workers in the Shadow of the Welfare State

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780195329117
eISBN:
9780199949496
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195329117.003.0005
Subject:
Political Science, American Politics

This chapter analyzes the first successful unionization of home care as part of the civil rights surge among black women domestics. Central to this process were the reorganization of domestic work ... More


Takin’ It to the Courts: Legal Services, the UFW, and the Battle for the Worst Jobs in the World

Cindy Hahamovitch

in No Man's Land: Jamaican Guestworkers in America and the Global History of Deportable Labor

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
October 2017
ISBN:
9780691102689
eISBN:
9781400840021
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691102689.003.0009
Subject:
History, American History: 20th Century

This chapter details the conflict between domestic workers and guestworkers as the United Farm Workers of America (UFW), with the Florida Rural Legal Services, became involved in a struggle for “the ... More


Home

Eileen Boris

in Making the Woman Worker: Precarious Labor and the Fight for Global Standards, 1919-2019

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
September 2019
ISBN:
9780190874629
eISBN:
9780190943707
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190874629.003.0007
Subject:
History, World Modern History, Social History

After looking at prior efforts to address domestic/household work, this chapter situates the making of the Domestic Workers Convention, 2011 (No. 189), “Decent Work for Domestic Workers.” Paving the ... More


The “Enlightened Majority” versus the “Die-Hard Fringe”: The State and Reform of Domestic Service, 1915–1940

Vanessa H. May

in Unprotected Labor: Household Workers, Politics, and Middle-Class Reform in New York, 1870-1940

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
July 2014
ISBN:
9780807834770
eISBN:
9781469603094
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
DOI:
10.5149/9780807877906_may.8
Subject:
Society and Culture, Gender Studies

This chapter focuses on the time when approximately 150 members of the Women's City Club met to discuss bills pending in the New York State legislature that would provide domestic workers with a ... More


Unprotected Labor: Household Workers, Politics, and Middle-Class Reform in New York, 1870-1940

Vanessa H. May

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
July 2014
ISBN:
9780807834770
eISBN:
9781469603094
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
DOI:
10.5149/9780807877906_may
Subject:
Society and Culture, Gender Studies

Through an analysis of women's reform, domestic worker activism, and cultural values attached to public and private space, this book explains how and why domestic workers, the largest category of ... More


Sticking Together through Good Times and Bad: Immigrant Domestic Workers, Ethnic Communities, and Resistance

Vanessa H. May

in Unprotected Labor: Household Workers, Politics, and Middle-Class Reform in New York, 1870-1940

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
July 2014
ISBN:
9780807834770
eISBN:
9781469603094
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
DOI:
10.5149/9780807877906_may.6
Subject:
Society and Culture, Gender Studies

This chapter describes how a small group of Finnish immigrant women, many of whom were current or former domestic workers, traveled to the home of Betty Komula to discuss their plans for a new ... More


From Registered Nurse to Registered Nanny

Geraldine Pratt

in Working Feminism

Published in print:
2004
Published Online:
September 2012
ISBN:
9780748615698
eISBN:
9780748671243
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9780748615698.003.0003
Subject:
Society and Culture, Social Groups

Drawing on interviews with domestic workers, government representatives and nanny agents, Canada's program to import domestic workers from the Philippines is interpreted through a Foucauldian lens. ... More


Out of the Home, into the House: How Storytelling at the Legislature Can Narrow Movement Goals

Sujatha Fernandes

in Curated Stories: The Uses and Misuses of Storytelling

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
June 2017
ISBN:
9780190618049
eISBN:
9780190618087
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190618049.003.0004
Subject:
Sociology, Politics, Social Movements and Social Change, Culture

This chapter examines how curated storytelling in legislative advocacy campaigns redirected migrant domestic workers away from oppositional strategies. During the campaign for a Domestic Workers Bill ... More


Epilogue: Challenging Care

Eileen Boris and Jennifer Klein

in Caring for America: Home Health Workers in the Shadow of the Welfare State

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780195329117
eISBN:
9780199949496
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195329117.003.0008
Subject:
Political Science, American Politics

The Epilogue contends that this history has no neat ending. To rethink home care, it takes a hard look at the promises of carework unionism, the dangers of its welfare location, and the pitfalls of ... More


Home from Home: Migrant Domestic Workers and the International Labour Organization Convention on Domestic Workers

Sandra Fredman

in Migrants at Work: Immigration and Vulnerability in Labour Law

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
January 2015
ISBN:
9780198714101
eISBN:
9780191782657
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198714101.003.0021
Subject:
Law, Human Rights and Immigration, Employment Law

This chapter examines the International Labour Organization’s Convention No 189 concerning decent work for domestic workers (2011). It notes how the position of domestic workers within the employing ... More


“Look Deep in Your Hearts”: Making a Global Domestic Workers’ Movement

Jennifer N. Fish

in Domestic Workers of the World Unite!: A Global Movement for Dignity and Human Rights

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
January 2018
ISBN:
9781479848676
eISBN:
9781479827442
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
NYU Press
DOI:
10.18574/nyu/9781479848676.003.0001
Subject:
Sociology, Social Movements and Social Change

This chapter sets the stage for the global domestic workers’ movement that is at the center of this book. It examines the landscape of household labor and highlights the key concepts necessary for an ... More


Child domestic labour: a global concern

Blagbrough Jonathan

in Child slavery now: A contemporary reader

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
March 2012
ISBN:
9781847426109
eISBN:
9781447301714
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Policy Press
DOI:
10.1332/policypress/9781847426109.003.0005
Subject:
Social Work, Children and Families

This chapter deals with child domestic labour, focusing on detailed evidence from such countries as Peru, Togo, Tanzania, and the Philippines. Many employers of child domestic workers are cruel or ... More


“I Am Not Only a Domestic Worker; I Am a Woman”: Immigrant Women and Domestic Service

Susan C. Pearce, Elizabeth J. Clifford, and Reena Tandon

in Immigration and Women: Understanding the American Experience

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
March 2016
ISBN:
9780814767382
eISBN:
9780814768266
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
NYU Press
DOI:
10.18574/nyu/9780814767382.003.0005
Subject:
Sociology, Gender and Sexuality

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 ... More


“Their Side of the Case”: Domestic Workers and New Deal Labor Reform

Keona K. Ervin

in Gateway to Equality: Black Women and the Struggle for Economic Justice in St. Louis

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
January 2018
ISBN:
9780813168838
eISBN:
9780813173924
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Kentucky
DOI:
10.5810/kentucky/9780813168838.003.0003
Subject:
History, African-American History

Chapter 2 maps the labor activism of St. Louis’s largest segment of black working-class women as they mounted a labor reform program that anticipated and challenged New Deal labor legislation. With ... More


Immigration and Domestic Work: Between a Rock and a Hard Place

Bridget Anderson

in Us and Them?: The Dangerous Politics of Immigration Control

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
May 2013
ISBN:
9780199691593
eISBN:
9780191752421
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199691593.003.0009
Subject:
Political Science, Comparative Politics

This chapter considers the case of domestic and caring work as a site where the social construction of labour is revealed and contested, and examine the tensions manifest in immigration controls when ... More


Looking Home: Gender, Work, and the Domestic in Theorizations of the South Asian Diaspora

Linta Varghese

in The Sun Never Sets: South Asian Migrants in an Age of U.S. Power

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
March 2016
ISBN:
9780814786437
eISBN:
9780814786451
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
NYU Press
DOI:
10.18574/nyu/9780814786437.003.0006
Subject:
Society and Culture, Asian Studies

This chapter explores the role of the home and the household as structuring forces in the lives of domestic workers and how they are entwined with the issue of gender in contemporary theorizations of ... More


The Militant Negro Domestic, 1945–1965

Ashley D. Farmer

in Remaking Black Power: How Black Women Transformed an Era

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
May 2018
ISBN:
9781469634371
eISBN:
9781469634388
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
DOI:
10.5149/northcarolina/9781469634371.003.0002
Subject:
History, African-American History

Chapter 1 begins in the late 1940s, and documents how postwar black women radicals collectively constructed the political identity of the “Militant Black Domestic.” Using their political tracts, ... More


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