Global Chains of Care

Arlie Russel Hochschild


Care giving is discussed within the framework of the global economy. Informed by Marx's theory of surplus value, the article subjects to rigorous analysis the case of a Pilipina who epitomizes an overseas worker from the South in search of economic gain. She leaves her own children in the care of a local housemaid whom she pays cheaply so that she can earn a salary that is higher than what she normally gets by taking care of a child in California, USA. If care giving is to be taken as a resource that is bought and sold in the market, who gains and who loses? The paper comes up with suggestions on how to lessen losses and maximize gains.

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