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Transnational Migration and the Commodification of Im/migrant Female Labourers in Canada

Date

2004

Authors

Habiba Zaman

Abstract

While economic liberalism has produced a mobile transnational labour force, it has also created a process that concentrates im/migrant female labourers in Canada in a deregulated, exploitative work environment. This paper investigates the processes of various forms of commodification originating from Canada's Live-in-Caregiver Program (LCP) & shows that the accelerated de-skilling of female domestic workers through the LCP has paved the way for the partial commodifcation of these labourers. The paper undertakes an analysis of macroprocesses within a political economy theoretical framework & reviews migration from theoretical & feminist perspectives. By examining race, class & gender dynamics in transnational migration, I demonstrate the processes involved in the commodifying of im/migrant women workers in Canada, that turn them into what some label as "feudal indentured labourers.". 59 References. Adapted from the source document.

Journal title

International Journal of Canadian Studies/Revue internationale d'etudes canadiennes

Volume

29

Page numbers

41-61

Links

Economic sectors

Occupations in services - Domestic work and Home child care providers

Content types

Policy analysis

Target groups

Researchers

Geographical focuses

National relevance

Spheres of activity

Gender and sexuality studies and Sociology

Languages

English