Gender, Migration, and the Work of Care

A Multi-Scalar Approach to the Pacific Rim

  • Sonya Michel
  • Ito Peng

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. Caring Around the Pacific Rim

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Sonya Michel, Ito Peng
      Pages 3-22
  3. Everyday Realities and Cultures of Care

  4. All (Global) Politics are Local

  5. From the Global to the Local, and Back Again

  6. Going Global?

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 293-293
    2. Shahra Razavi
      Pages 295-304
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 305-316

About this book


This book explores how around the world, women’s increased presence in the labor force has reorganized the division of labor in households, affecting different regions depending on their cultures, economies, and politics; as well as the nature and size of their welfare states and the gendering of employment opportunities. As one result, the authors find, women are increasingly migrating from the global south to become care workers in the global north. This volume focuses on changing patterns of family and gender relations, migration, and care work in the countries surrounding the Pacific Rim—a global epicenter of transnational care migration. Using a multi-scalar approach that addresses micro, meso, and macro levels, chapters examine three domains: care provisioning, the supply of and demand for care work, and the shaping and framing of care. The analysis reveals that multiple forms of global inequalities are now playing out in the most intimate of spaces. 


Pacific Rim Gender relations Transnational care Labor National policies Culture of care

Editors and affiliations

  • Sonya Michel
    • 1
  • Ito Peng
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of HistoryUniversity of Maryland College ParkUSA
  2. 2.Department of SociologyUniversity of TorontoTorontoCanada

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