Narrating the New World Domestic Order

19 Pages Posted: 22 Aug 2006

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Pierrette Hondagneu-Sotelo

University of Southern California - Department of Sociology

Date Written: May 2006


A few decades ago, no one predicted that we would see a resurgence of paid domestic work, and that this resurgence would not only be played out on global scale, but that it would depend on mechanisms of globalization and international migration. Most observers confidently declared that nails were in the coffin of paid domestic work. Not only have we seen a resurgence of private paid domestic work in the United States, England, in Europe and Canada - "the old industrialized North", but also in the more newly industrialized, or post-industrial nations of Hong Kong, Taiwan, and Japan; in the oil rich nations of the Middle East, in Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and United Arab Emirates (Israel has come on line as well). Particular parts of the globe have emerged as the places producing migrant domestic workers. We have witnessed internal and international migration of female domestic workers in and from Latin America, Asia, South Asia, and now the formerly Soviet Eastern European countries. Not only as paid domestic work not gone away, we see that today it relies on the global migration of women, among whom are many women who leave their families to do the work.

Suggested Citation

Hondagneu-Sotelo, Pierrette, Narrating the New World Domestic Order (May 2006). IIIS Discussion Paper No. 150, Available at SSRN: or

Pierrette Hondagneu-Sotelo (Contact Author)

University of Southern California - Department of Sociology ( email )

Los Angeles, CA 90089-2539
United States

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