Gianne Sheena Sabio, Kritika Pandey, Rhacel Salazar Parreñas

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This chapter reviews the concept of the ‘global care chain’ and its contributions to the literature on migration. The concept refers to the cross-national transfer of paid reproductive labour among women in which a professional woman hires a migrant care worker who, in turn, hires their own care worker for their own children left behind in the country of origin. It begins with a discussion of the concept’s origins and novelty, highlighting its establishment of care as a lens to understand the global economy. It then looks at and explains its differences from subsequent formulations of the care economy, including the care drain/gain paradigm, care circulation, and care diamond. We then look at the utility and application of this concept to different occupational contexts including domestic work and nurses. Our discussion underscores variances in its institutional and organisational relevance. Next, we address the question of gender and the critiques of the concept as perpetuating gendered stereotypes of mothering. We end by discussing areas for future research, underscoring the need to re-examine the still unresolved question of gendered division of labour.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationRoutledge Handbook of Immigration and Refugee Studies, Second Edition
PublisherTaylor and Francis
Number of pages12
ISBN (Electronic)9781000824759
ISBN (Print)9781032046983
StatePublished - Jan 1 2022
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Social Sciences


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