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Not One of the Family: Foreign Domestic Workers in Canada

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Daiva Stasiulis and Abigail B. Bakan


In Not One of the Family, experts on foreign domestic workers and workers-turned-activists document how the Canadian system has institutionalized unequal treatment of citizen and non-citizen workers. Since the 1940s, rights of citizenship for immigrant domestic workers in Canada have declined while the number of women recruited from Third World countries to work in Canadian homes has dramatically increased. The analysis in Not One of the Family is both theoretical to the practical, framing ideologies of privacy, maternalism, familialism, and rights, as well as examining government policy, labour organizing, and strategies to resist exploitation.

A key resource for all centres for women and immigrant workers, Not One of the Family is also essential reading for civil rights and immigration lawyers, labour groups, and government policy makers.


University of Toronto Press

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Economic sectors

Occupations in services - Domestic work

Content types

Policy analysis

Geographical focuses

National relevance

Spheres of activity

Anthropology, Law, Political science, and Sociology