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Rhacel Parrenas, University of Southern California

Rhacel Parrenas

Rhacel Parrenas examines the feminization of labor and migration in globalization. She has done fieldwork in Italy, Japan, the Philippines, and United States. Her latest book, The Force of Domesticity (NYU Press, 2008) considers how processes of globalization simultaneously reinforce and challenge traditional gender norms. It draws from her research on migrant Filipina domestic workers in Rome and Los Angeles, migrant entertainers in Tokyo, and transnational migrant families in the Philippines. She is currently writing a book on the labor and migration of Filipina hostesses in Tokyo’s nightlife industry. Professor Rhacel Salazar Parreñas is a sociologist who received her Ph.D. in Ethnic Studies and B.A. in Peace and Conflict Studies from the University of California, Berkeley. Prior to joining the faculty at Brown, she taught at the University of California, Davis and University of Wisconsin, Madison. Professor Parreñas is known for her work on women’s labor and migration, speaking on this topic to audiences throughout the United States, Asia, and Europe. Her research fields include gender and feminist studies, the family, migration, international development, and labor. She has written three books and co-edited three anthologies.

Professor Parrenas' Publications

The Force of Domesticity: Filipina Migrants and Globalization. (NewYork: NYU Press). 2008.

Children of Global Migration: Transnational Families and Gendered Woes. (Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press). 2005.

Servants of Globalization: Women, Migration, and Domestic Work. (Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press). 2001.

“Sexual Labors: Interdisciplinary Perspectives Toward Sex as Work,” Special Issue on Sexual Labors, Sexualities 13: 131-137 (co-author with Eileen Boris and Stephanie Gilmore). 2010. Sexual Labors

“Benevolent Paternalism and Migrant Women: The Case of Migrant Filipina Entertainers in Japan,” Gender Kenkyu (Journal of Gender Studies) 10 (March): 1-17. 2007. Benevolent Paternalism

“The Gender Paradox in the Transnational Families of Filipino Migrant Women,” Asian and Pacific Migration Journal 14(3): 243-268. 2005.

“Between Women: Migrant Domestic Work and Gender Inequalities in the New Global Economy,” Concilium: Revue Internationale de Théologie. 5:2: 28-39. 2002.

“Transgressing the Nation-State: The Partial Citizenship and ‘Imagined (Global) Community’ of Migrant Filipina Domestic Workers,” Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society 26:4: 1129-1154. 2001. Transgressing the Nation State

“The Indentured Mobility of Migrant Women: How Gendered Protectionist Laws Lead Filipina Hostesses to Forced Sexual Labor.” Journal of Workplace Rights, Vol. 15(3-4) 327-339, 2010-2011. Indentured Mobility of Migrant Women

“Trafficked? Filipino Hostesses in Tokyo’s Nightlife Industry.” 18 Yale Journal of Law & Feminism 145, 2006. Trafficked p1s, Trafficked p2s

“Book Review: Children in the Global Sex Trade.” Contemporary Sociology v35(5). Children in the Global Sex Trade

 

Related posts:

  1. Benevolent Paternalism and Migrant Women: The Case of Migrant Filipina Entertainers in Japan by Rhacel Parrenas
  2. Sexual Labors: Interdisciplinary Perspectives Toward Sex as Work by Rhacel Parrenas with Eileen Boris and Stephanie Gilmore
  3. The indentured mobility of migrant women: How gendered protectionist laws lead Filipina hostesses to forced sexual labor by Rhacel Parrenas
  4. Review: Children in the Global Sex Trade by Rhacel Parrenas
  5. Transgressing the Nation-State: The Partial Citizenship and “Imagined Global Community” of Migrant Filipina Domestic Workers by Rhacel Parrenas