Gender Equality

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Global Care Chains and Transnational Families

  • Elizabeth KiesterEmail author
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Global markets have led to the creation of global care chains, “the series of personal links between people across the globe based on paid or unpaid care” (Isaksen et al. 2008: 407). This is a phenomenon in which women in wealthy, developed countries seek to balance their work and family lives by hiring other women to perform some of their domestic responsibilities including cleaning, cooking, childcare, and even sex (Ehrenreich and Hochschild 2002; Fudge 2012; Hondagneu-Sotelo 2001; Misra et al. 2006; Parreñas 2001; Pyle 2006). The women who are hired to fill these positions are often from poor, developing countries with limited options for supporting their families in their home countries. When they immigrate to wealthier countries, they are often forced to leave their children behind in the absence of a legal path for family (re)unification for those with work visas or the dangers of migrating without papers. This means they must leave their children with friends or...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of SociologyAlbright CollegeReadingUSA

Section editors and affiliations

  • Melissa Haeffner
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  1. 1.Environmental Science and ManagementPortland State UniversityPortlandUSA