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4 - The Value of Reproductive Labor

from Part II - Values of Forms of Labor

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  14 July 2022

David Griffith
Affiliation:
East Carolina University
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Women and men who work as temporary foreign contract workers tend to leave their families for six to eight months per year, completely separated from the reproductive labor contexts of their households, families, and communities. The chapter opens with a woman struggling to maintain meaningful connections with her family at home while working abroad, a process involving balancing the realities of extreme labor control in seafood plants in the United States with the needs of children at home who are at risk of unwed pregnancies, drug abuse, and resentment of absent parents. It lists ten forms of labor found in six communities in Mexico and Guatemala, comparing reproductive labor and foreign contract labor in terms of their ability to generate satisfaction and happiness.

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The Cultural Value of Work
Livelihoods and Migration in the World's Economies
, pp. 79 - 102
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Print publication year: 2022

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