Global care work: gender and migration in Nordic societies - Lund, Sweden Nordic Academic Press 2010 - 240 p.

Global Care Work is a unique study of gender and migration. Written by researchers from Denmark, Finland,Norway and Sweden, this anthology brings the Nordic example to the international debate on how globalization affects and commercializes women’s traditional work. The authors uncover some uncomfortable facts about new ethnic hierarchies, social class and gender discrimination in their countries.
The Nordic societies have a long history of active policies on gender equality and social welfare for all. But today families can ‘outsource’ gender equality conflicts to the global market,and on a national level the authorities can use migration policy to adjust to the needs of the labour market.
The authors present empirical research on the lives of care workers, sex workers and au pairs, their families, and the social and legal migration regulations. Global Care Work critically examines the effects of new migration patterns and globalization on the egalitarian ideologies in the Nordic countries. The book makes essential reading for those interested in migration, care work and gender issues.
Machine generated contents note:
1.Introduction: global care work in Nordic societies /​ Lise Widding Isaksen
2.Au-pair migration and new inequalities The transnational production of corruption /​ Helle Stenum
3.The snake in the grass of gender equality Au-pairing in women-friendly Norway /​ Mariya Bikova
4.Cultural exchange or cheap domestic labour? Constructions of `au pair' in four Nordic countries /​ Catharina Calleman
5.Doing gender equality Cleaners employed in Norwegian middle-class homes /​ Tove Ingebjørg Fjell
6.Sex workers' transnational and local motherhood: presence and/​or absence? /​ Marlene Sponger
7.Transnational care The social dimensions of international nurse recruitment /​ Lise Widding Isaksen
8.Care work and migration politics in Sweden /​ Ellinor Platzer
Contents note continued: 9.Global care and Finnish social policy /​ Minna Zechner
10.Public care work in private contexts A historical perspective on the Swedish welfare state /​ Karin Carlsson
11.Global domestic workers in Denmark Labour market regulation, union representation, and solidarity strategies /​ Lise Lotte Hansen.


Caregivers - Scandinavia
Human services - Scandinavia
Women immigrants - Employment - Scandinavia
Women immigrants - Scandinavia - Social conditions

331.62048 / G5-2010

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