Conceptualising Reproductive Labour Globally
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One of the primary reasons for female migration has been to provide socially reproductive work in the countries to which the women migrate — both as waged workers and as family members. However, this work has been done alongside undertaking similar tasks for those they leave behind. Social reproduction is, therefore, a crucial aspect of gendered global migration, influencing who migrates as well as migration outcomes and experiences. In this chapter we trace some of the existing debates around social reproduction and the closely allied term ‘care’ in order to identify the key trends in these discussions and some of the issues that still need investigating in this burgeoning literature. We begin by providing some contexts to these debates before outlining some of the implications of globalisation of social reproductive work and the role of migrants in this work.
KeywordsMigrant Worker Domestic Work Migrant Woman Domestic Labour Emotional Labour
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