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The new American servitude : political belonging among African immigrant home care workers

Author: Cati Coe
Publisher: New York : New York University Press, [2019]
Series: Anthropologies of American medicine.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Care for America's growing elderly population is increasingly provided by migrants, and the demand for health care labor is only expected to grow. Because of this health care crunch and the low barriers to entry, new African immigrants have adopted senior care as a niche employment sector, funneling their friends and relatives into this occupation. In The New American Servitude, Cati Coe demonstrates how these  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Cati Coe
ISBN: 9781479808830 1479808830 9781479831012 1479831018
OCLC Number: 1052904277
Description: v, 289 pages ; 23 cm.
Contents: Introduction; Interlude : Food; 1. "Anyone Who Is Not African": The Racialization of the Care Workforce : Interlude: Silences about Servants --
2. Stories of Servitude : Racial Slurs, Humiliating Insults, and the Exercise of Power ; Interlude: Longing for a House --
3. Making and Breaking Practical Kinship: Affectionate Names, Social Occasions, and the End of Life; Interlude: Playing Tennis --
4. Reciprocity: Who Deserves What, and on What Grounds? ; Interlude: Intangible Gifts at the End of Life --
5. A Lack of Reciprocity: Wages, Benefits, and Contingent Employment Interlude: Foreclosure --
Conclusion: Recognition and Belonging through Care --
Acknowledgments; Notes; References; Index; About the Author.
Series Title: Anthropologies of American medicine.
Responsibility: Cati Coe.

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"Care for America's growing elderly population is increasingly provided by migrants, and the demand for health care labor is only expected to grow. Because of this health care crunch and the low barriers to entry, new African immigrants have adopted senior care as a niche employment sector, funneling their friends and relatives into this occupation. In The New American Servitude, Cati Coe demonstrates how these workers often struggle to find a sense of political and social belonging. They are regularly subjected to racial insults and demonstrations of power-- and effectively turned into servants-- at the hands of other members of the care worker network, including clients and their relatives, agency staff, and even other care workers. Low pay, a lack of benefits, and a lack of stable employment, combined with a lack of appreciation for their efforts, often alienate them, so that many come to believe that they cannot lead valuable lives in the United States. While jobs are generally understood to be a means of acculturating new immigrants, African care workers do not tend to become involved or politically active. Many plan to leave rather than putting down roots in the US. Offering revealing insights into the dark side of a burgeoning economy, The New American Servitude highlights serious implications for the future of labor and justice in the care work industry" --Back cover.

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