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Born Out of Place: Migrant Mothers and the Politics of International Labor

Nicole Constable


Born Out of Place focuses on the largely invisible and easily overlooked topic of babies born to migrant worker mothers. Such a focus brings to light the flaws and unintended consequences of migration laws and labor policies, the often poignant and painful experiences of migrant mothers, and the ambivalent roles of fathers. Within the context of contemporary global capitalism, this research yields a deeper and fuller understanding of the practical problems and the cruel disappointments faced by those who take part in “guest worker” programs. New insights about the problem—or the crisis—of temp ... More

Keywords: gender and migration, citizenship, precarious labor, guest workers, law and policy, motherhood, ethnography, sexuality, Asian studies, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Philippines

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780520282018
Published to California Scholarship Online: September 2016 DOI:10.1525/california/9780520282018.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Nicole Constable, author
University of Pittsburgh