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Mulheres Brasileiras na divisão internacional do trabalho reprodutivo: construindo subjetividade(s)

Author(s): Manoela Carpenedo | Henrique Caetano Nardi

Journal: Revista de Estudios Sociales
ISSN 0123-885X

Issue: 45;
Start page: 96;
Date: 2013;
Original page

Keywords: Migrating women | global care chain | subjectification | resistance | reproductive work.

This study aims to comprehend how Brazilian transnational domestic workers are subjectivated through migration, gender and reproductive work. Through Foucault's argumentation on the production of subjectivities, this research analyzes the effects of the migration in the life of eight Brazilian women working in the Parisian reproductive sector. As the findings suggest, the migration can be characterized by a multifaceted set of experiences and elaborations that respond not only to oppressive and an exploitative regimes but also provide domestic workers, to some extent, with spaces of resistance which enable them to recreate their lives through migration in a freer way to deal with the respective processes of subjectification. On the one hand, Brazilian migrant domestic workers experience subordination and exploitation in their employment in Paris. Their status as illegal immigrants, lack of rights, informal labor contracts, restricted job opportunities, and unequal relationships between employer and employee contribute to their exploitation and subordination. On the other hand, despite their precarious situations, migrant domestic workers are able to reinvent themselves through a set of resistance strategies.
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