Edited Book

Migration and Care Labour: Theory, Policy and Politics

Published 1 January 2014 / By Bridget Anderson, Isabel Shutes (eds.)

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Across the world, the provision of care faces mounting challenges—what has been widely referred to as a‘crisis of care’ (Hochschild, 1995; Zimmerman et al., 2006). In the global North, international migrants have increasingly supplemented the unpaid or low-paid care labour provided by non-migrant women—as domestic workers, nannies, care assistants and nurses—in the private sphere of the home and in publicly and privately funded care services. This volume brings together international scholars of migration and care to examine the global construction of migrant care labour and how it manifests itself in different contexts.1 With a growing body of research developing over the past decade in this field, the aims of the volume are to make connections across theory, policy and politics with respect to care, work and migration; the inequalities of gender, race/ethnicity, class, nationality and immigration status that migrant care labour embodies; the inequalities between the global North and South, different regions and countries, countries of origin and destination in the migration process and the chains of care labour between them; the different institutional contexts of care labour that cut across the public and the private, encompassing different roles and relations between the state, market and family; and the different sites of political mobilization and governance that have developed with respect to migrant care labour.


Anderson, B. and Shutes, I. (eds.) (2014) Migration and Care Labour: Theory, Policy and Politics, London: Palgrave Macmillan