And Sex Workers in the New Economy, Maids, Global Woman: Nannies

Written by: Barbara Ehrenreich, Arlie Russell Hochschild

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In a remarkable pairing, two renowned social critics offer a groundbreaking anthology that examines the unexplored consequences of globalization on the lives of women worldwide.Women are moving around the globe as never before. But for every female executive racking up frequent flier miles there are multitudes of women whose journeys go unnoticed. Each year, millions leave Mexico, Sri Lanka, the Philippines, and other third world countries to work in the homes, nurseries, and brothels of the first world. This broad-scale transfer of labor associated with women's traditional roles results in an odd displacement. In the new global calculus, the female energy that flows to wealthy countries is subtracted from poor ones, often to the detriment of the families left behind. The migrant nanny — or cleaning woman, nursing-care attendant, maid — eases a "care deficit" in rich countries, while her absence creates one back home. Confronting a range of topics, from the fate of Vietnamese mail-order brides to the importation of Mexican nannies in Los Angeles and the selling of Thai girls to Japanese brothels, a diverse and distinguised group of writers offer an unprecedented look at a world shaped by mass migration and economic exchange. Collected and introduced by bestselling authors Barbara Ehrenreich and Arlie Russell Hochschild, these fifteen essays — of which only four have been previously published — reveal a new era in which the main resource extracted from the third world is no longer gold or silver, but love. Barbara Ehrenreich is the author of New York Times bestsellers Nickel and Dimed and The Worst Years of Our Lives, as well as Blood Rites. She lives near Key West, Florida. Arlie Russell Hochschild is the author of national bestsellers The Time Bind and The Second Shift. She live in San Francisco, California.
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Lindsey
I read parts of this book for class, but it was so interesting that I found myself reading the whole thing in my spare time. I'm not as up to date as I would like to be about global feminist issues and this book really opened my eyes on a lot of things. If you're not interested in global feminism, this is probably not the book for you, though, because it's relatively academic and some of the essays (especially the last one) are REALLY heavy-handed when it comes to Academic Speak, which I actuall I read parts of this book for class, but it was so interesting that I found myself reading the whole thing in my spare time. I'm not as up to date as I would like to be about global feminist issues and this book really opened my eyes on a lot of things. If you're not interested in global feminism, this is probably not the book for you, though, because it's relatively academic and some of the essays (especially the last one) are REALLY heavy-handed when it comes to Academic Speak, which I actually found distracting and a little unnecessary.
Lindsay Padgett
This book was very interesting and eye opening. It opened the domestic doors sort of speak. However, given it's subject this collection of essays lacked emotion and a sense of personalization. While it told the stories of many individuals, the invisibility was still there, as the telling of their experiences felt lumped together. I felt at times I was reading a textbook. None the less, it was a revelation of a read.
Tim
I found this book to be very good and very informing. The research that went into this book is quite wonderful. It also opens your eyes to the insanity and abuse that this world is promoting and producing from its human beings. The women of the world need to be treated better, humans need to unite more, and stop abusing one another simply for profit, material goods, and pathetic traditions that neither promote the well being of humans, nor equality amongst them.
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Hazel
A very interesting look at migration trends: what prompts women from developing countries to work abroad, what their experience is here, working as nannies, maids, and sex workers, and sociological perspectives on the value of their work, their status, and the economic conditions which prompt the development of an international working class for domestic services.
There is also a very interesting essay about human trafficking.
Overall, an interesting read.
Katie
it was so great to read about women and women's labor as a part of globalization that wasn't focused completely on human trafficking and sex work. although those topics are so important, other roles are often overlooked and it was so eye-opening and refreshing to look at other roles women play across the world. everyone should read this book.
Kate
Some of the essays are better than others. It's not quite academic but not quite casual reading either. It seems like it was put out in a hurry while the Barbara Ehrenreich fire was still hot. It still raises a lot of important issues about women's roles across borders and can be read over a long period of time.
Pascale
A thoroughly depressing book about the oppression of poor third World women across the globe. Kevin Bales’ essay about young rural Thai girls sold into sex slavery by their poor parents is distressing to read: drugged, beaten, raped into submission, young girls face a short brutal life at the hands of merciless pimps and brothels, with no hope of escaping or repaying their debts to their captors.
Rhonda
Parts of this book were quite interesting. I certainly didn't know that there were so many women working in foreign countries and sending money back home while family members raise their children. Most of this book was very readable. Unfortunately, the last chapter was quite dense and not very readable.
Aiden
I loved this book! Parts of it were difficult to read, of course. It's worth it to expand my understanding of what women face all over the world and to re-realize how privileged I am.

The essays are informative, well-written, sometimes funny and always thought-provoking. The writing styles range from fairly easy to more dense and difficult.
Jennifer
Most of the authors come from a western background, making this book written in a western-centric perspective. The chapters written by natives, such as the Taiwanese chapter was much more insightful to me.
Nontheless, I still learned and liked some chapters.
Killaine
Excellent review of foreign domestic workers in developed countries, and the ripple impact on their families and communities. I think any choice to hire a foreign domestic worker should be made with the sort of knowledge this book provides and the opportunities it offers to do it better.
Eugenia Andino
This book is a collection of essays, varied enough to give a good picture of the consequences of women's emigration to work in the invisible jobs that involve caring for people.

The style is academic but accesible, and the content very is depressing but enlightening.
Rebekah Franklin
Interesting that this was a known problem 2-3 decades ago(at a minimum). I think in the 12 years since this was written, the plights of women as well as male low wage workers have
only gotten worse.
Kimber
Very enlightening.It makes for difficult discussion when we consider the challenge of managing child care and working women.
Gabriel Espinales
It scares you to think that we might all be immigrants looking for a job.
Martita Cabán
Very interesting! Gives a great perspective on women around the world.
Marvin
I really wanted to like this book, but just couldn't get into it. Perhaps, in the summer...
Diana
This was a great book for anyone who is interested with the intersections of race, economics and being a woman in todays globalized world.
Amanda J
Ehrenreich writes clearly and precisely about the lives of women around the world. Academic but also very readable.
Alisha Hanson-Glatzel
Such an easy book to read, the format is stories and articles taking you all over the globe. Nannies, Maids & Sex Workers - wow...you won't look at the next cleaning lady you meet the same.
Beryl Schaefer
No answers but lots of articulate yet troubling information within these pages.
Coco
Misleading title. This is really a series of essays on why domestic work is exploitative with some brief chatter about child prostitutes. Maybe two of the nine essays were worth reading.
Tiffany
Valient effort to bridge gap between "real" people and academics or whatever, but I definitely wouldn't tell anyone to read this book.
Barb
Not surprising but certainly upsetting to read what women do to get by for their families - I drank an extra glass of wine after completing this.
Sarah (Say)
This book has a lot of good information, but no index. Why would an academic book not have an index?!
Janeen
incredible collection of writing regarding the globalization of care-giving.
Awk
Disjointed, and some essays aren't really on target.
I did learn some things though.
Sandee
I am glad I read this book for the simple fact that it broadened my awareness regarding topics I did not know much about but after a while the essays got very redundant.
Sarah
A really important book for anyone who has had a nanny, is thinking about a nanny, or who wants to know more. Highly recommend reading this as it will change your perspective of the industry.
C.
This would probably have been worth four stars if not for the egregiously bad article about sex tourism to the Dominican Republic.
Amanda
Focuses mostly on domestic workers much less on sex workers and nannies. A collection of interesting and informative essays.
Sarah
Enlightening essays about the fuel behind developing countries' workforce. Like all good social/cultural commentaries, it makes you investigate your own actions/convictions.
Beth
I felt that it lacked a personal connection. Absolutely horrifying situations.
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