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Caring about Care Workers: Organizing in the Female Shadow of Globalization

Date

2005

Authors

Shireen Ally

Abstract

Despite being rendered invisible by contemporary mainstream accounts of globalization, & historically, by the mainstream labour movement, reproductive care workers in the female shadow of globalization are claiming visibility through a groundswell of global organizing. In an analysis of the contemporary organizing efforts of migrant domestic workers, the article argues that the recent proliferation of care worker organizing is characterized by a bifurcated structure of representation in which an association model that involves primarily non-union-based labour organizing competes with a union model that seeks to overcome organized labour's historical failure to represent the sector. In this bipolar landscape of migrant domestic worker organizing, the article suggests that effective worker-controlled representation is not always achieved by the mere fact of organization, & that the union-based labour movement would benefit from recognition of the significance of gendered care work under globalization. References. Adapted from the source document.

Journal title

LABOUR Capital and Society/TRAVAIL Capital et Societe

Volume

38

Issue

1-2

Page numbers

184 et s

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Keywords

Union, labor

Economic sectors

Occupations in services - Domestic work and Home support workers, housekeepers and related occupations

Content types

Statistics on work and life conditions

Target groups

Researchers

Spheres of activity

Political science

Languages

English