Expectation and Experiences of Exchange: Migrancy in the Global Market of Care between Spain and Bolivia

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Expectation and Experiences of Exchange: Migrancy in the Global Market of Care between Spain and Bolivia

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dc.contributor.author Jerve Ramsøy, Ingrid
dc.date.accessioned 2019-11-07T10:40:58Z
dc.date.available 2019-11-07T10:40:58Z
dc.date.issued 2019 en_US
dc.identifier.isbn ISBN 978-91-7877-023-6 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2043/30339
dc.description.abstract Spain has in recent years become an important destination for care work related migration, particularly for women from Latin America. In order to fill the care gap generated by Spanish women’s participation in the remunerated labor market and insufficient public welfare services, paid care work is becoming more prominent. This thesis is based on ethnographic fieldwork among Bolivian care workers in Bilbao in the Basque Country of Spain and their kin in different localities in Bolivia, as well as on analysis of Spanish legal texts. It is a story about what goes on in the encounter between people and global structures of inequality, particularly in the encounter between women who have migrated from Bolivia in order to fill a gap in the Spanish quest for a functioning welfare state, and the structural components that (re)produce their migrancy. Concepts from economic anthropology are used to analyze the research material as part of a global market of care, rather than of so-called care chains. This means discussing dynamics of gift and commodity exchange within this market, and how the ‘spirit of the gift’ figures in the relationships the market entails. By focusing on practices of exchange, and the expectations and experiences tied to these, rather than on preconceived social ties, a better understanding is gained not only of complex webs of social relationships, but also of what the ‘laws of the market’ are, and of how these are connected to different structures of power and social differentiation, such as ‘race’, gender, and class. The story presented here shows how these forms of social differentiation produce particular forms of exchange in a globalized economy of care, and how people negotiate their own becoming on account of these exchanges. en_US
dc.format.extent 404 en_US
dc.language.iso eng en_US
dc.publisher Malmö University en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries Migration, Urbanisation, and Societal Change;9
dc.subject Migration en_US
dc.subject Care work en_US
dc.subject Bolivia en_US
dc.subject Spain en_US
dc.subject Migrancy en_US
dc.subject Market en_US
dc.subject Global care chains en_US
dc.subject.classification Humanities/Social Sciences en_US
dc.title Expectation and Experiences of Exchange: Migrancy in the Global Market of Care between Spain and Bolivia en_US
dc.type Doctoral Thesis
dc.identifier.paperprint 0 en_US
dc.contributor.department Malmö University. Faculty of Culture and Society
dc.contributor.department Malmö University. Global Political Studies (GPS)
dc.identifier.doi 10.24834/isbn.9789178770236
dc.subject.srsc Research Subject Categories::SOCIAL SCIENCES en_US
thesis.defence.date 2019-11-29
thesis.defence.time 10:15 en_US
thesis.defence.place Hörsal B1, Niagara, Nordenskiöldsgatan 1, Malmö universitet en_US
thesis.opponent.name Laura Oso, Professor of Sociology, University of A Coruña, Spain en_US
dcterms.type Doctoral Thesis, monograph en_US
mahlocal.rights.eplikt Yes
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