Global Woman

I remember buying Dissent Magazine a long time ago and really enjoying it. I’m glad it’s still around. In the Spring issue is a book review of a book I really want to read, titled Global Woman : Nannies, Maids, and Sex Workers in the New Economy, edited by Arlie Russell Hochschild and Barbara Ehrenreich.

Telling the real story in the name of feminist solidarity is the stated aim of Global Woman: Nannies, Maids, and Sex Workers in the New Economy, a collection of sixteen essays by fifteen authors, including the volume’s editors, Barbara Ehrenreich and Arlie Russell Hochschild. The “essential first step,” say the editors in their Introduction, is “to bring the world’s most invisible women into the light” and to show that they are “strivers as well as victims, wives and mothers as well as workers-sisters, in other words, with whom we in the First World may someday define a common agenda.” The way to make that demonstration, say Ehrenreich and Hochschild, is to approach third world female migrants as participants in “the new economy,” a.k.a. globalization.

I suppose I ought just to make a book wishlist so I can remember which books I have wanted to buy over the last few years…

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