Intimate Labors Cultures, Technologies, and the Politics of Care

ISBN-10: 0804761930
ISBN-13: 9780804761932
Edition: 2010
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List price: $25.95
Copyright year: 2010
Publisher: Stanford University Press
Publication date: 6/22/2010
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 360
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.034
Language: English

What do home health aides, call center operators, prostitutes, sperm donors, nail manicurists, and housecleaners have in common? Around the world, they make their livings through touch, closeness, and personal care. Their labors, both paid and unpaid, sustain the day-to-day work that we require to survive. This book takes a close look at carework, domestic work, and sex work in everyday life and illuminates the juncture where money and intimacy meet. Intimate labor is presented as a comprehensive category of investigation into gender, race, class, and other power relations in the context of global economic transformations. In chronicling the history of intimate labor in light of the rise and devolution of welfare states, women's workforce participation, family formation, the expansion of sex work into new industries, and the development of institutions for dependent people, this wide-ranging reader advances debates over the relationship between care and economy.

Eileen Boris, Professor of Women's Studies at the University of Virginia and coordinating editor of IRIS: A Journal of Women, is the author of Art and Labor: Ruskin, Morris, and the Craftsman Ideal in America, and Home to Work: Motherhood and the Politics of Industrial Homework in the United States. She also has published numerous articles, essays and reviews in American Quarterly, Signs, Journal of American History, Women's Review of Books, and The Nation.Nupur Chaudhuri, who teaches at Texas Southern University, is the coeditor of Westerm Women and Imperialism: Complicity and Resistance, and coeditor of a special issue on "Gender, Race, Class, Sexuality: National and Global Perspectives" for the National Women's Studies Journal. She has written extensively on gender and imperialism and her articles have appeared in the Journal of Women's History, Women's History Review, and Victorian Studies.

Rhacel Salazar Parreñasis Professor of American Civilization at Brown University. She is the author ofServants of Globalization: Women, Migration and Domestic WorkandChildren of Global Migration: Transnational Families and Gendered Woes, and the co-editor ofAsian Diasporas: New Conceptions, New Formations.

Acknowledgments
Contributors
Introduction
Remaking the Intimate: Technology and Globalization
Technologies of Caring Labor: From Objects to Affect
The Transmission of Care: Affective Economies and Indian Call Centers
Foreign and Domestic: Adoption, Immigration, and Privatization
Selling Genes, Selling Gender: Egg Agencies, Sperm Banks, and the Medical Market in Genetic Material
Gender Labor: Transmen, Femmes, and Collective Work of Transgression
Creating Intimate Boundaries: Culture and Social Relations
Traveling Cultures of Servitude: Loyalty and Betrayal in New York and Kolkata
My Reward Is Not Money: Deep Alliances and End-of-Life Care among Mexicana Workers and Their Wards
Cultures of Flirtation: Sex and the Moral Boundaries of Filipina Migrant Hostesses in Tokyo
Bounded Authenticity and the Commerce of Sex
Economies of Emotion, Familiarity, Fantasy, and Desire: Emotional Labor in Ho Chi Minh City's Sex Industry
Organizing Intimate Labor: Politics and Mobilization
Making Home Care: Law and Social Policy in the U.S. Welfare State
Power, Intimacy, and Contestation: Dorothy Bolden and Domestic Worker Organizing in Atlanta in the 1960s
Manicuring Intimacies: Inequality and Resistance in Nail Salon Work
But Who Will Care for the Children? Organizing Child Care Providers in the Wake of Welfare Reform
Sex and (Evacuation from) the City: The Moral and Legal Regulation of Sex Workers in Vancouver's West End, 1975-1985
Conclusion: Thinking Ahead
Caring Everywhere
More Intimate Unions
Bibliography
Index

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