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Working Feminism$
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Geraldine Pratt

Print publication date: 2004

Print ISBN-13: 9780748615698

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: September 2012

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748615698.001.0001

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From Registered Nurse to Registered Nanny

From Registered Nurse to Registered Nanny

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(p.38) Chapter 3 From Registered Nurse to Registered Nanny
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Working Feminism
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Geraldine Pratt

Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9780748615698.003.0003

Drawing on interviews with domestic workers, government representatives and nanny agents, Canada's program to import domestic workers from the Philippines is interpreted through a Foucauldian lens. Rather than rendering it as a simple instance of Canada exploiting third-women as a low-cost labour supply, the chapter examines how Filipinas are produced as long-term low-paid caregivers by a range of agents and institutions: the Philippine government, various levels of the Canadian government, Filipino and Canadian nanny agents, Canadian families and other Filipino immigrants. These agents and institutions have different interests and produce Filipinas within different discursive frames. A careful delineation of these local centres of power provides a sense of the interplay between local tactics and overall strategy.

Keywords:   Live-in Caregiver Program, Filipina migrant domestic workers, deskilling, discourse

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