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Paid Domestic Work in Urban Brazil, Caitlin Alcorn
WhenFriday, Feb 28, 2020, 12:30 – 2 p.m.
Campus locationSmith Hall (SMI)
Campus room306
Event typesAcademics
Event sponsorsHarry Bridges Center for Labor Studies.

The Harry Bridges Center is excited to invite Caitlin Alcorn, Geography, for a Labor Studies Workshare of their paper titled, “Paid Domestic Work in Urban Brazil."

About: The Labor Studies Workshare features UW faculty and graduate students presenting works-in-progress on labor-related topics for feedback from an interdisciplinary audience of labor scholars from across campus. Workshares are held over the lunch hour and attendees are invited to bring their lunches.

Format: Workshare papers are circulated to registered attendees a week in advance of the workshare. Participants are expected to have read the paper before the meeting and be prepared for a discussion. To register, e-mail

Abstract: Drawing on interviews with 42 current and former domestic workers in the city of São Paulo, I compare these three arrangements (live-in, live-out, and day work) not only in terms of the employment relationships and working conditions of each, but also in terms of the relationships and life conditions each arrangement makes possible for domestic workers outside of work. In what ways does each arrangement restrict or enable workers to meet their own social reproductive needs and responsibilities? How do workers’ strategies to assert the value of their work and their right to the basic means of social reproduction differ across arrangements? In what ways does the legal inclusion or exclusion of particular arrangements contribute to these differences?

For more information on future Labor Studies workshares, please click here.

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