Love’s labor’s cost: The family life of migrant domestic workers

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In homes across Asia, the Middle East, and the United States, female migrant laborers are doing the difficult work of child and elder care. But these women often leave behind children of their own in countries such as Indonesia and the Philippines. Rhacel Salazar Parreñas, a professor of sociology and gender studies at the University of Southern California, describes how the lack of legal protections for domestic laborers has made it more challenging for women to be present in their children’s lives.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)16-20
Number of pages5
JournalWorld Policy Journal
Issue number3
StatePublished - Sep 1 2017
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Political Science and International Relations


  • Child care
  • Domestic labor
  • Elder care
  • Family
  • Immigration
  • Indonesia
  • Labor law
  • Mothers
  • Philippines


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