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Dust and Dignity: Domestic Employment in Contemporary Ecuador

Erynn Masi de Casanova


What makes domestic work a bad job, even after efforts to formalize and improve working conditions? This book examines three reasons for persistent exploitation. First, the tasks of social reproduction are devalued. Second, informal work arrangements escape regulation. And third, unequal class relations are built into this type of employment. The book provides both theoretical discussions about domestic work and concrete ideas for improving women's lives. Drawing on workers' stories of lucha, trabajo, and sacrificio—struggle, work, and sacrifice—the book offers a new take on an old occupation. ... More

Keywords: domestic work, exploitation, social reproduction, informal work arrangements, unequal class relations, employment, Ecuadorian women

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9781501739453
Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: May 2020 DOI:10.7591/cornell/9781501739453.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Erynn Masi de Casanova, author
University of Cincinnati