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Caring for a LivingMigrant Women, Aging Citizens, and Italian Families$
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Francesca Degiuli

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780199989010

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: June 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199989010.001.0001

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The Bonds of Labor

The Bonds of Labor

(p.115) 7 The Bonds of Labor
Caring for a Living

Francesca Degiuli

Oxford University Press

Chapter 7 delves into the emotional labor required in this occupation and how the relationships that develop on the job affect the relationship of power between the workers and the elders. It shows that although it is true that emotional labor allows families to extract more work from the immigrant workers, at times the emotional attachment generated in these work relationships may work in favor of the workers and guarantee them a stronger bargaining power in terms of wages, work hours, help in obtaining a residency permit, and, in some cases, help in creating transnational bonds. Furthermore, the chapter investigates the qualitative difference in the relationships between home eldercare assistants and the elders in their care, and those between them and the employers.

Keywords:   emotional labor, power, emotions, death, aging, emotional attachment, exploitation, gender

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