Negotiating Citizenship: Migrant Women in Canada and the Global System

By Abigail Bakan and Daiva Stasiulis

© 2005

While the designated rights of capital to travel freely across borders have increased under neo-liberal globalization, the citizenship rights of many people, particularly the most vulnerable, have tended to decline. Using Canada as an example of a major recipient state of international migrants, Negotiating Citizenship considers how migrant women workers from two settings in the global South–the West Indies and the Philippines–have attempted to negotiate citizenship across the global citizenship divide.

Daiva K. Stasiulis and Abigail B. Bakan challenge traditional liberal and post-national theories of citizenship with a number of approaches: historical documentary analyses, investigation of the political economy of the sending states, interviews with migrant live-in caregivers and nurses, legal analyses of domestic worker case law, and analysis of social movement politics. Negotiating Citizenship demonstrates that the transnational character of migrants' lives–their migration and labour strategies, family households, and political practices–offer important challenges to inequitable and exclusionary aspects of contemporary nation-state citizenship.

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  • World Rights
  • Page Count: 240 pages
  • Dimensions: 6.2in x 0.6in x 9.0in
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Negotiating Citizenship demonstrates that the transnational character of migrants' lives–their migration and labour strategies, family households, and political practices–offer important challenges to inequitable and exclusionary aspects of contemporary nation-state citizenship.

Negotiating Citizenship: Migrant Women in Canada and the Global System

By Abigail Bakan and Daiva Stasiulis

© 2005

While the designated rights of capital to travel freely across borders have increased under neo-liberal globalization, the citizenship rights of many people, particularly the most vulnerable, have tended to decline. Using Canada as an example of a major recipient state of international migrants, Negotiating Citizenship considers how migrant women workers from two settings in the global South–the West Indies and the Philippines–have attempted to negotiate citizenship across the global citizenship divide.

Daiva K. Stasiulis and Abigail B. Bakan challenge traditional liberal and post-national theories of citizenship with a number of approaches: historical documentary analyses, investigation of the political economy of the sending states, interviews with migrant live-in caregivers and nurses, legal analyses of domestic worker case law, and analysis of social movement politics. Negotiating Citizenship demonstrates that the transnational character of migrants' lives–their migration and labour strategies, family households, and political practices–offer important challenges to inequitable and exclusionary aspects of contemporary nation-state citizenship.

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Product Details

  • World Rights
  • Page Count: 240 pages
  • Dimensions: 6.2in x 0.6in x 9.0in
  • Author Information

    Abigail B. Bakan is a professor and Chair of the Department of Social Justice Education at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto.


    Daiva K. Stasiulis is a professor in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at Carleton University.

  • Table of contents

    1 Introduction: Negotiating Citizenship
    2 Negotiating Citizenship in an Era of Globalization
    3 Underdevelopment, Structural Adjustment and Gendered Migration from the West Indies and the Philippines
    4 Gatekeepers in the Domestic Service Industry in Canada
    5 Marginalized and Dissident Non-Citizens: Foreign Domestic Workers
    6 Marginalized and Dissident Citizens: Nurses of Colour
    7 The Global Citizenship Divide and the Negotiation of Legal Rights
    8 Dissident Transnational Citizenship: Resistance, Solidarity and Organization
    Notes
    Bibliography
    Index

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