Global Woman: Nannies, Maids, and Sex Workers in the New Economy 

“Important and provocative . . . There are many tempting reasons to pick up Global Woman.” ―The New York Times

The migration of women from poor countries, typically in the southern part of the world, to the North, is the topic of this 2004 book edited by Barbara Ehrenreich and Arlie Russell Hochschild.

The contributors to the book delve into the emotional and financial world of mothers who leave their homelands in search of a better economic life in richer countries. I wrote another article here, on one of the authors, namely Arlie Russell Hochschild.

One topic that is explored in depth in the book is the idea that mothers from poorer countries who work as nannies in other countries take their love away or redirect it from their own children and give it to the children in their care in the rich country. Some feel that there is a cultural care breakdown in First World countries, and parents in these countries seek out caregivers, like nannies, who still hold to “traditional” maternal ways of caring for children that busy, anxious parents cannot provide. This often means hiring caregivers from poorer countries.

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