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Global Domestic Workers

Intersectional Inequalities and Struggles for Rights

By Sabrina Marchetti, Daniela Cherubini and Giulia Garofalo Geymonat

Published

Sep 13, 2021

Page count

178 pages

ISBN

978-1529207880

Dimensions

234 x 156 mm

Imprint

Bristol University Press

Published

Sep 13, 2021

Page count

178 pages

ISBN

978-1529207903

Dimensions

Imprint

Bristol University Press
Global Domestic Workers
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Drawing from the EU-funded DomEQUAL research project across 9 countries in Europe, South America and Asia, this comparative study explores the conditions of domestic workers around the world and the campaigns they are conducting to improve their labour rights.

The book showcases how domestic workers’ movements put ‘intersectionality in action’ in representing the interest of various marginalized social groups from migrants and low-income groups to racialized and rural girls and women.

Casting light on issues such as subjectification, and collective organizing on the part of a category of workers conventionally regarded as unorganizable, this ambitious volume will be invaluable for scholars, policy makers and activists alike.

“This book is a major contribution to our understanding of the crucial role of domestic work in the global political economy and the transformative power of the struggle of domestic workers across the world.” Silvia Federici, Hofstra University

"Global Domestic Workers provides the most up to date portrait of this worldwide essential workforce, made even more precarious during COVID times. Complicating the interplay between the global struggle for worker rights, local activism and national rulemaking, it offers a self-reflective understanding of the gaps between organized women’s movements and domestic workers. In the process, domestic workers emerge as organic intellectuals as well as fighters for dignity and recognition."Eileen Boris, University of California, Santa Barbara

Sabrina Marchetti is Associate Professor in Sociology at University Ca’ Foscari in Venice.

Daniela Cherubini is Assistant Professor of Sociology of Culture at the University of Milano-Bicocca.

Giulia Garofalo Geymonat is Research Fellow in Sociology at the University Ca’ Foscari in Venice.

Chapter 1. Introduction

Chapter 2. Scenarios of Domestic Work

Chapter 3. Global Rights and Local Struggles

Chapter 4. Domestic Workers Making Intersectionality

Chapter 5. DFeminism and Domestic Workers: Different Positionalities, Discursive Convergences

Chapter 6. Conclusion: Intersectionality in Action