Multinational Maids offers an in-depth investigation into the international migrations of Filipino and Indonesian migrant domestic workers. The author taps on her rigorous study of more than 1,200 subjects' migration trajectories to reveal how these migrants work in a series of overseas countries to improve their lives and, in some cases, seek permanent residence in another country. Challenging the portrayal of Asian migrant domestic workers as victims of globalization, Multinational Maids reveals migrants' agency and strategic thinking under conditions of constraint. At the market level, the establishment of guestworker programmes for migrant domestic workers in multiple countries has created a global labour market. A transnational diaspora shapes migrants' evolving destination imaginaries, while manpower recruitment and placement agencies create transnational mobility structures. In addition, differing destination hierarchies and degrees of access to resources lead to the adoption of divergent stepwise trajectories. Written in an accessible manner, Multinational Maids appeals to migration scholars, policymakers, activists and students.
Anju Mary Paul is Associate Professor of Sociology and Public Policy at Yale-NUS College in Singapore. She is an international migration scholar with a research focus on migration to, from, and within Asia, and is especially interested in how gender, labour, race and ethnicity, as well as class intersect at the moment of migration and the post-migration experience. Her research spans the migrations of low-wage Asian migrant domestic workers and high-skilled Asian-born, Western-trained bioscientists. She has published sole-authored articles in the American Journal of Sociology, Social Forces, Migration Studies, and the Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies.
1. Introduction; Part I. The Context: 2. Key concepts in stepwise international labor migration; 3. Origin stories; 4. Global but uneven: the market for migrant domestic workers; Part II. The Actors: 5. Stepwise journeys, compared and contrasted; 6. The world according to migrant domestic workers; 7. Inside the stepwise migrant's suitcase; 8. The agents of stepwise migration; Part III. The Aftermath: 9. The end of the road; 10. Conclusion.