Global Woman: Nannies, Maids, and Sex Workers in the New Economy
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...more
There are some great articles in the book, but ...more
I guess what I found most disappointing was the focus on white, Western, professional-class women's perspectives — in particular, how they can be nice employers of Third World women. Who gives a shit? Arlie Russell Hochschild's "Love and Gold" begins as an incisive analysis of how caring labour, like natural resources, is ex ...more
But I would like to speak about the second to last essay. It was about Vietnamese (or Korean...I already forgot!) wome ...more
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 ...more
I've always got time for the journalist Barbara Ehrenreich's robust writing since I was lent "Nickel and Dimed: Undercover in Low-wage America" a few years back. In this book, published in 2002, 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 i ...more
It starts with the stories of Phillipino women (and it should be noticed that the majority of cases in the book involve exploitation of South East Asians) who are hired by wealthy American working couples to perform the traditional female roles of childrearing, cleaning & cooking (keeping house basically).
With the Western woman now fully engaged in the workpla ...more
The essays - each by a different author, mind you - cover - as the title implies - women in the global economy. Specifically, women who have become migrant nannies, maids, and sex workers. There is a lot of moving, powerful, and astounding information in this book - human rig ...more
Also included are histories of those left behind; the children and husbands of the migrant women, who sometimes do not return for years. The implication ...more
Saskia Sassens's final essay Global Cities and Survival Circuits was a highlight of the book's overarching themes and could hav ...more
The book also talks about relationships with western women, and the various ...more
The main take away for me was the problems of the economy/immigration/maintaining human dignity are enormous and our self-centric views make resolution very difficult.