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Global Traffic, Female Services and Emotional life, a keynote by Arlie Hochschild

On 5 April 2011, CCIG hosted an event with Arlie Hochschild (University of California, Berkeley, USA) who gave a keynote on 'Global Traffic, Female Services and Emotional life: the case of nannies and surrogates'.

On 5 April 2011, CCIG hosted an event with Arlie Hochschild (University of California, Berkeley, USA) chaired by Elizabeth Silva (OU), who gave a keynote on ‘Global Traffic, Female Services and Emotional life: the case of nannies and surrogates’.

Keynote abstract

Increasingly, female care workers from the 2nd and 3rd worlds migrate to the 1st world in search of clients. At the same time, increasing numbers of 1st world clients travel – as medical tourists and retirees - to female service providers in the 3rd world. A comparison is made of Filipinas who leave their families to care for the children and elderly of the 1st world with Indian surrogate mothers who bear children in India for clients in the 1st world. Both do emotional labor – in order to attach themselves to (nannies) and detach themselves from (surrogates) the 1st world children in their care. Both pursue financial strategies that appear ‘free’. But they choose their strategies in the absence of help from state or community, and as pawns on a vast global – and neoliberal --chessboard not of their choosing.

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