Ethnography : Servants Of Globalization

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In Rhacel Parreñas’ ethnography, Servants of Globalization, we analyse the life of the Filipina domestic worker who picks up from her home, moves to another country, and works as a nanny or house-keeper to make a simple wage to send back home. Throughout the ethnography, Parreñas writes about her encounters with numerous Filipina nationals around the world working to make a living. The goal of the ethnography is to publicize and allow people to analyze the injustices on domestic workers that come from the Philippines.
The first domestic worker mentioned is Nene, a domestic worker in northern Europe. Parreñas recalls Nene asking her if she knew any American men that would be willing to marry her, but soon enough, she found a Norwegian man online; she subsequently moved her belongings from the Kingdom of Denmark and moved her life to live with this man approximately twenty years her senior to live in Norway. Parreñas continued explaining how there was a three-stage system of domestic work; the high-paid, well-treated workers in the west (North America and Europe), then below is the lower-paid, mal-treated workers in places in the Middle East as well as Singapore, Hong Kong, and other places in Asia, and the final and lowest level would be the nannies who take care of the children of the domestic workers abroad in the Philippines this is something called the “global care chain”. The author states that “labour conditions do not necessarily improve as one moves up the hierarchy
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