Hard-working heroes or curious students? - Au pair positioning, organizing and negotiation

Agnete Meldgaard Hansen, Maria Hjortsø Pedersen

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Abstract

The precarious position and poor working conditions of au pairs in the Nordic and other western labor markets are well documented. Furthermore, research on au pairs and migrant domestic workers emphasizes many obstacles to their organizing (e.g. in trade unions) and negotiation to improve their working conditions. Using an ethnographic study of Filipino au pairs in Denmark as an illustrative case, we supplement this previous research by presenting an analytical approach inspired by governmentality studies. This approach highlights the complex transnational interplay of migration policies and practices affecting Filipino au pairs’ positioning in the Danish labor market, and contributes to exploring how this positioning relates to their prospects for negotiating and organizing. We suggest that with a close examination of the often contradictory and multifaceted positioning of migrant workers in transnational policy fields, not only obstacles, but also possibilities for negotiation and organizing to improve working conditions become visible.
Original languageEnglish
JournalNordic Journal of Working Life Studies
VolumeNJWLS 2019-2
ISSN2245-0157
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 5 Apr 2019

Keywords

  • au pairs
  • migrant domestic workers
  • governmentality
  • subjectification
  • negotiation
  • organizing

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In: Nordic Journal of Working Life Studies, Vol. NJWLS 2019-2, 05.04.2019.

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