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Migrants and Male Domestic Work in the UK: The Rise of the ‘Polish Handyman’

  • Majella Kilkey
  • Diane Perrons
  • Ania Plomien
  • Pierrette Hondagneu-Sotelo
  • Hernan Ramirez
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Part of the Migration, Diasporas and Citizenship Series book series (MDC)

Abstract

In the first decade of the twenty-first century Polish migrant handymen in the UK and Mexican immigrant gardeners in the USA propelled the trends of globalization, migration and the outsourcing of social reproduction. In this regard, they reflect profound multi-level changes in social, economic and political spheres. Their micro level, individual and interpersonal decisions to move from comparatively less economically developed countries and regions to more affluent areas are motivated by a desire to attain a better life. This desire, centred on but not exclusive to work and employment, is the more poignant at a time when the notion of the good life is given considerable attention in the context of the financial and economic crisis originating in the finance centres in the UK and the USA, and against the background of growing inequalities in these and other countries.

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Labour Market Good Life Migrant Worker Domestic Work Labour Market Policy 
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© Majella Kilkey, Diane Perrons and Ania Plomien 2013

Authors and Affiliations

  • Majella Kilkey
    • 1
  • Diane Perrons
    • 2
  • Ania Plomien
    • 2
  • Pierrette Hondagneu-Sotelo
    • 3
  • Hernan Ramirez
    • 4
  1. 1.University of SheffieldUK
  2. 2.London School of Economics and Political ScienceUK
  3. 3.University of Southern CaliforniaUSA
  4. 4.Florida State UniversityUSA

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