Not One of the Family: Foreign Domestic Workers in Canada

By Abigail Bakan and Daiva Stasiulis

© 1997

In Not One of the Family, experts on foreign domestic workers and workers-turned-activists document how the Canadian system has institutionalized unequal treatment of citizen and non-citizen workers. Since the 1940s, rights of citizenship for immigrant domestic workers in Canada have declined while the number of women recruited from Third World countries to work in Canadian homes has dramatically increased. The analysis in Not One of the Family is both theoretical to the practical, framing ideologies of privacy, maternalism, familialism, and rights, as well as examining government policy, labour organizing, and strategies to resist exploitation.

A key resource for all centres for women and immigrant workers, Not One of the Family is also essential reading for civil rights and immigration lawyers, labour groups, and government policy makers.

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  • Division: Scholarly Publishing
  • World Rights
  • Page Count: 176 pages
  • Dimensions: 6.0in x 0.6in x 9.0in
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  • PUBLISHED SEP 1997

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A collection of original essays by researchers and workers-turned-activists, it documents how citizen and non-citizen workers are treated unequally in the Canadian system and demonstrates how workers can resist exploitation.

Not One of the Family: Foreign Domestic Workers in Canada

By Abigail Bakan and Daiva Stasiulis

© 1997

In Not One of the Family, experts on foreign domestic workers and workers-turned-activists document how the Canadian system has institutionalized unequal treatment of citizen and non-citizen workers. Since the 1940s, rights of citizenship for immigrant domestic workers in Canada have declined while the number of women recruited from Third World countries to work in Canadian homes has dramatically increased. The analysis in Not One of the Family is both theoretical to the practical, framing ideologies of privacy, maternalism, familialism, and rights, as well as examining government policy, labour organizing, and strategies to resist exploitation.

A key resource for all centres for women and immigrant workers, Not One of the Family is also essential reading for civil rights and immigration lawyers, labour groups, and government policy makers.

Continue Reading Read Less

Product Details

  • Division: Scholarly Publishing
  • World Rights
  • Page Count: 176 pages
  • Dimensions: 6.0in 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.

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