Labor Regimes of Indenture (SOCY)

Event time: 
Wednesday, April 5, 2017 - 12:00pm to 1:15pm
Room 203 See map
210 Prospect Street
New Haven, CT
Event description: 

Labor Regimes of Indenture: A Global Overview of Migrant Domestic Work

Rhacel Parrenas, University of Southern California

Across the globe, migrant domestic workers are unfree workers whose legal residency is contingent on their continued employment as a live-in worker with a designated sponsor. This talk examines the politics of their indenture, situated within an overview of the incor- poration of migrant domestic workers as indentured workers in key host countries in the Americas, Asia, Europe and the Middle East. The talk illuminates the cultural logic that undergirds indenture as well as the conditions of domestic work in the ‘worst destination’ of the United Arab Emirates, where absconding is illegal and quitting one’s job requires a sponsor’s permission. Parrenas focuses on the ‘indentured mobility’ of domestic workers, as they face both severe constraints and opportunities for negotiation.