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Announcements. May 1 st March & Rally – 2pm meet-up @ Civic Center; Closing Rally 5pm @ Chicano Park No office hours today! Fri , 5/10 – please send me a short email detailing who you are partnering with as well as some potential subjects you have identified for interview

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Announcements

Announcements

  • May 1st March & Rally – 2pm meet-up @ Civic Center; Closing Rally 5pm @ Chicano Park

    • No office hours today!

  • Fri, 5/10 – please send me a short email detailing who you are partnering with as well as some potential subjects you have identified for interview

  • 5/13 – Reflection Paper #1 Due


Formalizing the informal

Formalizing the informal

Cleaning Up Master’s House


The informal labor of care

The Informal Labor of Care

  • Informal vs formal labor

    • Taxed and monitored by governmental agencies; subject to regulation and accountability

  • Domestic work defined by informality at every level:

    • Hiring practice = social networks & reputations

    • Pay scales & employee/employer duties

    • Agencies = formalizing industry for only certain nannies

    • Terminations, resignations, and severance


Maternalism vs personalism

MaternalismvsPersonalism

  • Formal boss-employee relationship vs informal relationship between employer & domestic worker

    • Complicated by labor performed in private sphere

    • Determined by differing positions of privilege & power

  • Maternalism – “a one-way relationship, defined primarily by the employer’s gestures of charity, advice, assistance, and gifts” (207-208)

    • White women helping out brown women

  • Personalism – “a two-way relationship, albeit still asymmetrical [that]involves the employer’s recognition of the employee as a particular person” (208)

    • As necessary improvement to invisibility & dehumanization (201)


Cleaning up master s house

Cleaning up Master’s House

  • Sotelo’s solution  upgrading not abolition (210)

    • Enforce regulations currently on the books concerning wages and hours rather than solely focus on taxes (216)

    • Strengthen formal employment standards and regulation (241)

    • Educate public about domestic work (241)

    • Do not impose previous forms of labor organizing onto domestic workers (227)

  • YuniMuliyono – a legal victory?

    • Selective recognition before the law and reaffirmation of white supremacy

Can we reform and still dismantle the master’s house at the same time?


Big questions

Big Questions

  • How do we pursue extension & recognition of rights while still recognizing the limits of the nation-state?

  • How do we fight for humane working conditions but still recognize the inhumane logic of capitalism?

  • How do we build solidarity with the 2/3 world while remembering we have the privileges of the 1/3?

Educate yourself about the bill @ http://www.domesticworkers.org/ca-bill-of-rights


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