Au pairs' lives in global context : sisters or servants? /

Au pairs have traditionally been thought of as middle-class young women from northern Europe, who are having a fun gap year in a foreign country. This collection, the first dedicated to examining the lives of au pairs, reveals that this is far from the whole story. Au pairing is now a global phenome...

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Bibliographic Details
Other Authors: Cox, Rosie, 1969- (Editor)
Format: Book
Published: New York : Palgrave Macmillan, 2015.
Series:Migration, diasporas and citizenship.
Table of Contents:
  • 1. Introduction; Rosie CoxPART I: AU PAIRS IN THE UK2. 'Pink Slave' or the 'Modern Young Woman'? A History of the Au Pair in Britain; Eleni Liarou3. 'Good Families' and the Shadows of Servitude: Au Pair Gossip and Norms of Au Pair Employment; Zuzana Búriková 4. When Work Doesn't Pay: Outcomes of a Deregulated Childcare Market and Au Pair Policy Vacuum in the UK; Nicky Busch5. Migrant Domestic Workers, the National Minimum Wage and the 'Family Worker' Concept; Jenny MossPART II: AU PAIRS IN THE NORDIC COUNTRIES6. In a Minefield of Transnational Social Relations: Filipino Au Pairs between Moral Obligations and Personal Ambitions; Mariya Bikova7. Bane and Boon; Gains and Pains; Dos and Don'ts ... : Moral Economy and Female Bodies in Au Pair Migration; Helle Stenum8. 'It's Not Much': Affective (Boundary) Work in the Au Pair Scheme; Elisabeth Stubberud9. Au Pairs in Norway: Experiences from an Outreach Rroject; Lene Løvdal PART III: THE AU PAIR EXPERIENCE IN THE REST OF EUROPE10. Ethnicity and the Au Pair Experience: Latin American Au Pairs in Marseille, France; Séverine Durin11. Part of the Family? Experiences of Au Pairs in Ireland; Aoife SmithPART IV: AU PAIRS IN THE NEW WORLD12. Hiding in Plain Sight: Au Pairs in Australia; Laurie Berg13. The Cosmopolitan Dilemma: Fantasy, Work and the Experiences of Mexican Au Pairs in the USA; Mirza Aguilar Pe;rez14. 'She Doesn't Think it Will Work Out': Why Au Pairs in the USA Leave Their Host Family Early; Christine Geserick15. Conclusion: When is a Worker not Worker?: Tackling the Contradictions of Au Pairing; Rosie Cox.