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New Book Chapter by Postdoctoral Fellow Dr. Jaira Harrington

November 17, 2015

Anna Julia Cooper Center Postdoctoral Fellow in Politics & International Affairs Jaira Harrington has published a co-authored book chapter in the edited volume Towards a Global History of Domestic and Caregiving Workers. Harrington’s chapter is entitled “Ties that Bind: Localizing the Occupational Motivations that Drive Non-Union Affiliated Domestic Workers in Salvador, Brazil.” The chapter is co-authored with Elizabeth Hordge-Freeman, Assistant Professor in Sociology at University of South Florida.

Towards a Global History of Domestic and Caregiving Workers is edited by Dirk Hoerder, Arizona State University (Emeritus), Elise van Nederveen Meerkerk, Wageningen University, and Silke Neunsinger, Arbetarrörelsens arkiv och bibliotek, Huddinge. Read more about the book below:

Domestic and caregiving work has been at the core of human existence throughout history. Poorly paid or even unpaid, this work has been assigned to women in most societes and occasionally to men often as enslaved, indentures, “adopted” workers. While some use domestic service as training for their own future independent households, others are confined to it for life and try to avoid damage to their identities (Part One). Employment conditions are even worse in colonizer-colonized dichotomies, in which the subalternized have to run the households of administrators who believe they are running an empire (Part Two). Societies and states set the discriminatory rules, those employed develop strategies of resistance or self-protection (Part Three). A team of international scholars addresses these issues globally with a deep historical background.