Global Woman and millions of other books are available for Amazon Kindle. Global Woman: Nannies, Maids, and Sex Workers in the New Economy Paperback – January 1, In Barbara Ehrenreich and Arlie Russell Hochschild’s collection of essay’s Global Woman: Nannies, Maids, and. Etelbina Hauser has lost count of all the times her bosses have groped her, exposed themselves, or asked for sex. A common scenario plays. In a remarkable pairing, two renowned social critics offer a groundbreaking anthology that examines the unexplored consequences of globalization on the lives.
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Here's our chapter summary of "Global Woman" by Barbara Ehrenreich on the tragic plight of many women in the world caught up in forced servitude & sex work. Etelbina Hauser has lost count of all the times her bosses have groped her, exposed themselves, or asked for sex. A common scenario plays. In a remarkable pairing, two renowned social critics offer a groundbreaking anthology that examines the unexplored consequences of globalization on the lives.
The current discourse nannies globalization, according nannies the authors, has little to say about the "migration of maids, nannies, nurses, sex sex, and nannies brides," since, to most economists, these women "are just individuals making a go of it.
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The editors have gathered some 15 essays on aspects of "the female underside of globalization"—e. Sex nannoes small book can't say everything about a sex global phenomenon, Ehrenreich and Hochschild have at least brought attention to these women's plight. Maps not seen by PW. Forecast: This important book should find a place for sex among scholars of globalization, nannies studies and women's studies.
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I would field queries from naive young girls asking if the sexual harassment they were experiencing was normal for American men or just as inappropriate as it would be back in their home countries. Their experiences ranged from mild flirting to touches that seemed innocent but made them feel uncomfortable to full-on assaults.
Each time I would counsel the girl through her options, encourage her to seek help or to report the matter if appropriate, and explain that the agency could help her to change families or travel back home if she wanted.
More often than not, the girls chose to continue with their placement and grit their teeth through the inappropriate behavior. Like so many women, they put up and shut up to avoid the conflict and consequences of confronting these bully dads.
I dealt with two main types of nannies: educated European college girls using the nanny placement as a chance to travel, and Filipino women who were taking the opportunity to come to the US for a better life.
Faced with an aggressive father, many Filipino nannies would bury their head in the sand, terrified that their status in the country could be jeopardized.
When she arrived in Canada, she found that the mother of the children she was hired to care for had recently left the house and started divorce proceedings against the father. In order to be awarded a caregiver visa, the nannies often travel from their native Philippines to Hong Kong, where the process is quicker. They work for notoriously difficult families for very little money before receiving their visa and being able to organize their passage to Canada. She had already been away from her 4-year-old son for 18 months, and if she could get through the two-year contract in Canada, she could apply for permanent residence and have him join her.
The end of her contract coincided with a horrible incident where the father locked the door to her room and stood blocking her exit.
Maria says she experienced daily sexual harassment for two years, but did not want to confront the problem and lied when she had follow-ups with her agency coordinator. The parent employers paid for airfare from Europe and at the end of their contracts, they were able to continue traveling for a few months before going home. When these women experienced unwanted sexual advances, they hesitated to report the behavior in case it ruined their travel plans. The experience left a deep impression on the young German.
Sometimes sexual attractions are forged in these quasi-family relationships that seem to be consensual. Yet it can be argued that due to the imbalance of power and the presumed protective role of the host family, they are still hugely inappropriate and still represent an abuse.
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Zeebra Books. To able to see how factors of globalization have changed the dynamics of relationships between women and the society and with other women from different social status. The fact that the book is composed of essays that discuss the about the position of woman in globalization from varying perspectives made the reading interesting.
However, I The best thing about this book was that it introduced me to contemporary concepts and ideas that I had not thought about when discussing about globalization. However, I felt that the book was heavy in concent and thus I had to push myself to continue reading.
Also, I realized that due to the fact that the authors of the essays are different but they all focus on the same subject there were many ideas that were repeated throughout the book.
Dec 31, Cynda rated it it was amazing Shelves: business , women , read , travel , anthology-collection , sociology-culture , essays. A full 5 stars. Having read Barbara Ehrenreich her book Nickel and Dimed: On Not Getting by in America when it was newly published, I knew that she writes from both her mind and her heart. By writing in that way, I can better empathize with her subject. While men also immigrate internationally to find work, Ehrenreich has focused on the women.
The women may immigrate legally with temporary documentation. Many stay in the countries that they have immigrated to past and sometimes years past tjeir A full 5 stars. Many stay in the countries that they have immigrated to past and sometimes years past tjeir allotted time. Some just simply travel illegally. Think US-Mexican border. Think travelling as luggage. Think travelling using illegal documents. People are not bad because they do this.
They are desperate to change their life experiences immediately or nearly immediately. They ften have hungry, ill-clad, and could-be homeless soon children.
Even though Ehrenreich doesn't say, I strongly strongly suspect woman of those children need medical care. Women's choices are never easy.
Mother's are all too often difficult. They women send their money home to pay for the basics and more. They pay for modest pieces of land, small modest houses, clothing, education.
To meet these goals, some women live in virtual slavery, living in damp and un-air-conditioned basements. To meet woman of these goals, women find themselves unable to tell the police because they have over-stayed their documentation, because they know no one else in US who will give them temporary shelter. All the while they become estranged from their husbands and children and all their other family members.
Because they often. Too often they are judged by the native population, tjeir employers, their children. Yet immigrant women make it possible for professional women work andnhave tjeir house clean and their children tended to.
Yet immigrant women make it possible for tjeir family members to have their needs met. Sometimes the immigrant women have social services available to them. But nowhere near often enough. What is the crisis that creates a demand for immigrant worker women? Men too often refuse to help clean the house or tend to the children or care for the elderly family member. Let's socialize our sins differently. I grew up in a house where my brothers and I took terms at the same household chores.
Sure they learned cars and I learned more advanced cooking; however I learned how to check my car fluids and tires, and my brothers learned the basics of food preparation and kitchen cleaning. My son learned what my brothers learned and a bit more because I was a single mom. My brothers taught him the car and fishing stuff. Oct 30, Teghan rated it it was amazing Shelves: feminist , current-events , womens-stuff , books-in-the-box , non-fiction-have-read , identity-issues.
A terribly depressing read made even more depressing by the fact that these are the experiences of women all over the world. These are their lives and they don't have the luxury of putting the book down. Despite that this book is an enlightening read that makes you aware of your own position in the world.
It merely scratches the surface of the injustices women experience in their lives all around the world. One of the strengths of the book is the way in which the material is presented. It avoids A terribly depressing read made even more depressing by the fact that these are the experiences of women all over the world.
It avoids highly academic language and instead tells women's experiences as stories, making them accessible and tangible. Not quite as personal as Nickel and Dimed , this is definitely for the readers who prefer a bit more academia in their reading. Nevertheless, it's filled with interesting stories about the women behind the faces we see on the news and beyond. One thing I really like about Ehrenreich is her ability to tackle the subjects that others hate to notice.
Or rather, would like to NOT notice. Please, of course people can live off minimum wage! If they can't, they're just lazy or spendthrifts. Women from "those" countries are always happy to come here, even if they get paid shit and are treated like scum. Excellent book. Feb 20, Galen Johnson rated it really liked it Shelves: non-fiction.
This collection of essays was quite informative on often hidden or avoided topics, the role of migrant women in the global economy working as household help and as prostitutes-- in essence, taking over the domestic roles that women become too busy, too powerful, or just too disinterested and rich to play in their own household.
The essays are mostly academic in tone, but accessible to the lay-reader except maybe the final one and tell a compelling story about both globalization and how far we This collection of essays was quite informative on often hidden or avoided topics, the role of migrant women in the global economy working as household help and as prostitutes-- in essence, taking over the domestic roles that women become too busy, too powerful, or just too disinterested and rich to play in their own household.
The essays are mostly academic in tone, but accessible to the lay-reader except maybe the final one and tell a compelling story about both globalization and how far we still have to go in ridding ourselves of the idea of "women's work.
May 16, Sarah Shourd rated it really liked it. Incredible much-needed look at women, labor and migration in the global economy. Too many 3rd world women are globe-trotting to fill the "care sector" as nannies, housekeepers and prostitutes only to leave a "care void" behind due to strict traditional gender roles that say a woman can't be the provider and a man is not supposed to be the family's source of love and support.
This book opened my eyes to some very important work that needs to be done to reconcile the relationship between women in Incredible much-needed look at women, labor and migration in the global economy. This book opened my eyes to some very important work that needs to be done to reconcile the relationship between women in developed and underdeveloped countries. Jul 12, Chinook rated it really liked it. The last essay I found a bit boring, but the others were all interesting, if occasionally a bit repetitive.
Jun 03, Rell rated it really liked it. I read this book for a class that I was taking. It was such an interesting read that I decided to keep the book. Depressing that women all over the globe are being suppressed in one form or another but nonetheless its informative and a good read. Thought provoking. May 04, Vanessa Nicolle rated it it was ok. Just a hodgepodge of essays and experiences. It offers very little historical precedence too as to how and why countries are sending so many migrant workers abroad.
I like the idea of the book, but seriously a let down in execution. Could be so much better. Jul 14, Diane Burton rated it it was amazing. Best book I've read in a very long time. Everybody should read this. It was written almost 20 years ago but is just as relevant today. Sep 13, Cyd rated it really liked it Shelves: sociology , politics.
Deeply disturbing how people can treat each other in the name of making money. Mar 21, Leah rated it it was amazing. Dec 31, Kayleigh McCoy rated it really liked it Shelves: social-issues , school. A very interesting and important read. A bit dated and some essays are stronger than others but overall very solid. Jul 28, Simon Wood rated it really liked it.
In this book, published in , Ehrenreich along with Arlie R Hochschild have collected a variety of essays that look at how the situation of woman has changed in the last couple of decades as the world economy has become increasingly globalised. The contributions, as to be expected in collections such as this, vary in tone and quality.
All except three are by academics, a surprising amount of the academics are anthropologists whose style verges on the detached in marked contrast to the forthright writing one normally expects of Ehrenreich. The majority of the contributions are focused on the issue of female migrant workers; those who leave their homes in less developed countries to take on work as nannies, maids and cleaners in the richer countries of the world. The extent of this trade is enormous.
Countries such as the Philippines and Sri Lanka receive billions of dollars yearly from millions of contract workers who work in the Gulf States, the U. The precarious position of these workers, the attitudes of their employers and their often-exploitative working conditions are in many cases appalling. The irony, which is made clear, is that these workers are "imported" to carry out the caring and cleaning that rich professional woman are unable to carry out in the two full-time worker model that has developed in the west, and the fact that their male counterparts will not share the burden of domestic duties.
More than one of the writers makes the pertinent point that this care deficit in the richer countries is filled by cheap foreign labour, and that this leaves a care deficit in the poorer countries of the world.
One of the contributions details the experience of families in the Philippines whose mothers now work abroad, and the difficulties for those at both ends. A few of the essays deal with the sex-trade in it's modern state, both the "import" of woman into the west as well as those areas of the globe that have become destinations for sex-tourism, generally by men.
One of the contributions in this area I thought was pretty dismal. Denise Brennan, in her work on sex-tourism in the Dominican Republic goes to excessive lengths to assert the "agency" and the ability of the sex worker to "react and resist". She states "Dominican sex workers use sex, romance, and marriage as means of turning [the] sex trade into a site of opportunity and possibility". Nothing in the case studies she cites lead me to believe these assertions were tenable, and that the "opportunity and possibility" were anything other than the necessary delusions that those involved in sex work clung to in order to get through the days and weeks of doing what they have to do in order to escape brutal poverty in a country that has had no opportunity for economic and social development.
Despite a couple of other below par essays that exhibit the Academics concerned less than total commitment to making themselves clear, it was still a book that opened a window on an under-written aspect of globalization. On that basis it was worth reading. Dec 11, Jade rated it liked it. From my perspective, the purpose of a collection of essays on any subect is that each essay enlightens a particular side of an issue, until when you're done reading the book you get a global picture.
Not so here. There is a lot in this book about wealthy white American women on the one hand, and about struggling South East Asian women on the other, but almost nothing about African, European and Latin American women of all races and classes. There is a lot about domestic workers but little about From my perspective, the purpose of a collection of essays on any subect is that each essay enlightens a particular side of an issue, until when you're done reading the book you get a global picture.
There is a lot about domestic workers but little about sex workers only two essays out of fifteen deal with the subect. Another reason why the book feels disjointed is that some of the essays are very personal and deal with individual stories, while others are drier and rely on statistics and academic studies. No single essay introduces an attempt to offer a global picture of women's migrations from South to North, and while the introduction is well-written but, frankly, places the bar too high so that you end up disappointed by the essays , there is no general conclusion to the book.
For a book about gendered work, surprisingly few of these essays offer analysis from a feminist perspective.
Actually, few offer any analysis at all, they just present information and leave you to make of it what you will -- which wouldn't necessarily be terrible if there was enough data in the book to help you get the whole picture.
I was also uncomfortable with the ideologies put forward, in Ehrenreich's essay in particular. The question of whether Western women in the workforce can "have it all" is misogynistic in itself, but to blame women who employ nannies and maids instead of blaming the half-assed Western governments which do nothing to help two-income families and single parents care for their homes, children and dependants seems pretty hypoctitical to me. Similarly, the idea that poor countries in the global South need to embrace gender egalitarianism to put an end to women's work emigration seems like it conveniently sweeps under the rug the facts that, on the one hand, patriarchy was and is in many cases buttressed by colonialism and neocolonialism, and that, on the other hand, the economic imbalance that prompts these women to emigrate is also caused by Western countries in the first place.
And of cousre, the essays in the first third of the book that deal with immigrant workers from the points of view of the white American women who employ them are simply infuriating no one cares about your qualms and moral dilemmas, this book wasn't supposed to be about you, just shut up already. I got into this book with high hopes because women's migrations is an important subject about which comparatively little has been written in feminist circles, but I was disappointed at the lack of global analysis and viable solutions offered.
I'd still recommend it for young women who want to learn a little about women migrants and the failures of second-wave feminism because it's informative and easy enough to read, but this is by no means a landmark work on the subject.
This is basically a collection of essays in the supplementary roles woman play which allow the great game of globalization to expand. With the Western woman now fully engaged in the This is basically a collection of essays in the supplementary roles woman play which allow the great game of globalization to expand.
In a way bringing the previously excluded area of "home" into the capitalist globalization market. They might offer love and care to western children but what becomes of their own offspring. I enjoyed the book and I thought it brought up a number of interesting issues and considerations. Domestic labour is the undervalued, ignored and yet integral part of our daily routine, these were stories that had to be told.
I also enjoyed that the blame was not laid at the door of western men or women but rather seen as the effect of the system.
In fact it was Sri Lankan "drunk" men who probably came off worst in the whole book. I only gave the book 3 stars because I started to lose interest towards the end; rather than reinforcing the arguments it began to bore me and I wonder if a few less chapters might have been more appropriate.
Similarly there were few discussions on those endeavouring to fix the problem although there was a list of organisations dealing with the issue. There was very little discussion on government policies or international corporations role in the exploitation and focus was very much on a household level, which I assume gives a one-sided view of the book. I'm pretty sure it was meant as a political statement but I'm not sure who it was aimed towards, I'm sure most who would read the book would already have a small grasp on the issues and those who do not have such an understanding are unlikely to read the book in the first place.
However, criticisms aside, all in all I would recommend it. Certainly if you are interested in issues of exploitation and equity. Jul 20, Lisa rated it liked it. This book discusses how the "Western" woman is helping to oppress woman from third world nations by passing on the domestic work in their homes to those maids and nannies while they "liberate" themselves and go to work everyday.