Black girls : migrant domestic workers and colonial legacies
Title: Black girls : migrant domestic workers and colonial legacies
Author: MARCHETTI, Sabrina
Citation: Leiden ; Boston : Brill, 2014, Studies in Global Social History, 16 ; Studies in Global Migration History, 4
Series/Number: [Global Governance Programme]; [Cultural Pluralism]
In today’s Europe, migrant domestic workers are indispensable in supporting many households which, without their employment, would lack sufficient domestic and care labour. Black Girls collects and explores the stories of some of the first among these workers. They are the Afro-Surinamese and the Eritrean women who in the 1960s and 70s migrated to the former colonising country, the Netherlands and Italy respectively, and there became domestic and care workers. Sabrina Marchetti analyses the narratives of some of these women in order to powerfully demonstrate how the legacies of the colonial past have been, at the same time, both their tool of resistance and the reason for their subordination.
Table of Contents:
-- Introduction; 1. Keywords; 2. Differences and similarities in history; -- Part I: POSTCOLONIAL MIGRANTS; 3. Colonial Acculturation and Belonging; 4. Paramaribo and Asmara as ‘Culture-Contact Zones’; 5. Postcolonial Encounters: Arriving in Italy and the Netherlands -- Part II: MIGRANT DOMESTIC LABOUR; 6. A Labour Niche for Postcolonial Migrant; 7. Narratives and Practices of Work and Identity; 8. ‘Ethnicisation’ of Care and Domestic Skills; 9. Racism at Work, Under Colonial Legacies; -- Conclusions; Appendices; Bibliography; Index.