From Registered Nurse to Registered Nanny

Geraldine Pratt

in Working Feminism

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print March 2004 | ISBN: 9780748615698
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748671243 | DOI:
From Registered Nurse to Registered Nanny

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Drawing on interviews with domestic workers, government representatives and nanny agents, Canada's program to import domestic workers from the Philippines is interpreted through a Foucauldian lens. Rather than rendering it as a simple instance of Canada exploiting third-women as a low-cost labour supply, the chapter examines how Filipinas are produced as long-term low-paid caregivers by a range of agents and institutions: the Philippine government, various levels of the Canadian government, Filipino and Canadian nanny agents, Canadian families and other Filipino immigrants. These agents and institutions have different interests and produce Filipinas within different discursive frames. A careful delineation of these local centres of power provides a sense of the interplay between local tactics and overall strategy.

Keywords: Live-in Caregiver Program; Filipina migrant domestic workers; deskilling; discourse

Chapter.  12193 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Sociology

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