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Caribbean SpacesEscapes from Twilight Zones$
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Carole Boyce Davies

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780252038020

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: April 2017

DOI: 10.5406/illinois/9780252038020.001.0001

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Women, Labor, and the Transnational

Women, Labor, and the Transnational

From Work to Work

(p.107) 6 Women, Labor, and the Transnational
Caribbean Spaces

Carole Boyce Davies

University of Illinois Press

This chapter focuses on Caribbean domestic labor. It argues that the economics of slavery and colonialism that accompanied the rise of European modernity, created the conditions for contemporary American economic globalization, which serve as the larger backdrop for Caribbean women's labor in migration. The sexual division of labor in feminist political economy assumes the control of women's time and work as normal. Additionally, a segmented pattern of labor based on gender and class creates assumptions about the value and availability of certain women's work. In particular, the labor of women of color is assigned lower value, while it is multiply extracted and linked, therefore precisely, to that long history of imperialist exploitation that began in enslavement to plantation economies.

Keywords:   Caribbean culture, domestic labor, labor exploitation, women's labor, migration, slavery, colonialism, women of color, enslavement

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