“I’m Here, but I’m There”

Pierrette Hondagneu-Sotelo and Ernestine Avila

in Gender and U.S. Immigration

Published by University of California Press

Published in print January 2003 | ISBN: 9780520225619
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520929869 | DOI:
“I’m Here, but I’m There”

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This chapter analyzes Latina transnational mothers who are currently employed in Los Angeles in paid domestic work, which is one of the most gendered and racialized occupations. It also studies how their definitions of motherhood change in relation to the structures of late 20th-century global capitalism. The chapter refers to literature on immigration and transnational frameworks, and looks at gendering transnational perspectives. The discussion introduces the concept of the “cult of domesticity.”

Keywords: Latina; transnational mothers; paid domestic work; motherhood; transnational frameworks; global capitalism; transnational perspectives; cult of domesticity

Chapter.  11600 words. 

Subjects: Migration Studies

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