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A Female Network of Domestics, Student Allies, and Social Workers

Mérida M. Rúa

in A Grounded Identidad

Published in print July 2012 | ISBN: 9780199760268
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199950256 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199760268.003.0001
A Female Network of Domestics, Student Allies, and Social Workers

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This chapter investigates different dimensions of the “Chicago experiment,” the employment campaign intended to bring low-wage Puerto Rican maids to the city and also to serve as a form of birth control to reduce the population growth of the island. In doing so, it reveals not only the competing interests of the Puerto Rican government and the US government in regulating women’s bodies and the role of women in altering those schemes, but also the intellectual rivalries of scholars and institutions in producing gendered and racialized knowledge about migration and modernization.

Keywords: Chicago experiment; Puerto Rico; birth control; gendered knowledge; racialised knowledge

Chapter.  12701 words. 

Subjects: History of the Americas

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