Conceptualising Reproductive Labour Globally

Part of the Migration, Diasporas and Citizenship Series book series (MDC)


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.


Migrant Worker Domestic Work Migrant Woman Domestic Labour Emotional Labour 
These keywords were added by machine and not by the authors. This process is experimental and the keywords may be updated as the learning algorithm improves.


Unable to display preview. Download preview PDF.

Unable to display preview. Download preview PDF.

Copyright information

© Eleonore Kofman and Parvati Raghuram 2015

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Middlesex UniversityUK
  2. 2.Open UniversityUK

Personalised recommendations