"Servants of Globalization is an ambitious, important, and broad-reaching study of the way in which the lives of Filipina domestic workers in Italy and the United States are affected by and interwoven with broader patterns of global capitalism and transnationalism. . . . A provocative, insightful, and moving study of gendered labor migration and globalization. For those with an interest in Asian American studies, this book provides less of a case study of Filipinos in Los Angeles than a wider challenge and an innovative theoretical framework for understanding immigrant communities within the context of transnationalism and global capitalism."Journal of Asian American Studies
"Servants of Globalization is a welcome addition to the growing literature on gender and globalization. . . . This wide-ranging book yields substantial insights throughout and should be read by scholars, activists, and students interested in Asian American studies, women's studies, sociology, anthropology, and international development."American Journal of Sociology
"Although many authors have written on the Filipina diaspora, few have provided such a detailed examination of this phenomenon and linked it so skilfully to some of the key debates about the international division of labour and global inequalities."Katie Willis, University of Liverpool
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The book is largely based on interviews with domestic workers, but the book also powerfully portrays the larger economic picture as domestic workers from developing countries increasingly come to perform the menial labor of the global economy. This is often done at great cost to the relations with their own split-apart families. The experiences of migrant Filipina domestic workers are also shown to entail a feeling of exclusion from their host society, a downward mobility from their professional jobs in the Philippines, and an encounter with both solidarity and competition from other migrant workers in their communities.
The author applies a new theoretical lens to the study of migration—the level of the subject, moving away from the two dominant theoretical models in migration literature, the macro and the intermediate. At the same time, she analyzes the three spatial terrains of the various institutions that migrant Filipina domestic workers inhabit—the local, the transnational, and the global. She draws upon the literature of international migration, sociology of the family, women’s work, and cultural studies to illustrate the reconfiguration of the family community and social identity in migration and globalization. The book shows how globalization not only propels the migration of Filipina domestic workers but also results in the formation of parallel realities among them in cities with greatly different contexts of reception.