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Article de journal

From registered nurse to registered nanny: discursive geographies of Filipina domestic workers in Vancouver, B.C.

Date

1999

Auteurs

Geraldine Pratt

Résumé

This paper is an exploration of what poststructuralist theories of the subject
and discourse analysis can bring to theories of labor market segmentation,
namely an understanding of how individuals come to understand and are limited in
their occupational options. I examine three discursive constructions of "Filipina"
and argue that they work to structure Filipinas' labor market experiences in
Vancouver. Filipinas who come to Canada through the Live-in Caregiver Program
often come with university educations and professional experiences (e.g., as registered
nurses) but then become members of the most occupationally segregated of
ethnic groups in Vancouver. As domestic workers in Vancouver, they are defined as
"supplicant, preimmigrants," as inferior "housekeepers," and, within the Filipino
community, as "husband stealers." I demonstrate that geography has much to bring
to discourse analysis; there are geographies written into discourses of "Filipina"
that work to position Filipinas in Vancouver as inferior. While the examined discourses
overlap and reinforce the marginalization of Filipinas, I also explore how
discursive analysis can function as ideology critique, by examining the internal
inconsistencies and silences within particular discourses and the points of resistance
that emerge when different discourses come into contact and tension.

Journal title

Economic Geography

Volume

75

Numéro

3

Page numbers

215-236

Éditeur

Clark University

Fichiers joints

Liens

Secteurs économiques

Occupations in services - Domestic work

Types de contenu

Policy analysis et Cas d’abus documentés

Groupes cibles

Législateurs, Chercheurs, Syndicats et ONG/groupes communautaires/réseaux de solidarité

Domaines de réglementation

Droit de changer d’employeur, Normes du travail, Programmes d’intégration des nouveaux arrivants, Accès à un statut permanent, Critères de sélection des travailleurs (im)migrants et Droit à l’égalité (genre)

Pertinence géographique

Colombie-Britannique

Sphères d’activité

Économie, Géographie, Gestion des ressources humaines et Psychologie

Langues

Anglais