Migration and Domestic Work

The Collective Organisation of Women and their Voices from the City

  • Gaye Yilmaz
  • Sue Ledwith

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiv
  2. Gaye Yilmaz, Sue Ledwith
    Pages 37-63
  3. Gaye Yilmaz, Sue Ledwith
    Pages 129-149
  4. Gaye Yilmaz, Sue Ledwith
    Pages 151-179
  5. Gaye Yilmaz, Sue Ledwith
    Pages 205-235
  6. Gaye Yilmaz, Sue Ledwith
    Pages 237-251
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 253-270

About this book


With female migrants dominating low paid and ever-expanding domestic work worldwide, this book brings together the voices of 120 migrating women from 28 different nations and 10 different religious affiliations. Together they tell how patriarchal and religious gender codes in the family and at work shape their new lives in London, Berlin and Istanbul. Through their own accounts, the study explores the intersecting multiple and gendered identities women carry from their home countries and how these are reshaped, challenged, changed, or not, as they encounter different structures, traditions and cultural codes in their new countries. With women’s propensity for collective organizing, whether via community, social movements or trade unions as a central theme, the authors also bring together issues of migration, work and identity with trade union and community organizing. Migrating Women and Domestic Work is an important source for scholars and practitioners in each of these fields.


gender religion family dynamics identity culture community social movement trade union

Authors and affiliations

  • Gaye Yilmaz
    • 1
  • Sue Ledwith
    • 2
  1. 1.Bogazici University IstanbulTurkey
  2. 2.Ruskin College OxfordUnited Kingdom

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