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Peripheral Labour Mobilities

An inciteful ethnography of cross-border elder care workers.

The precarious situation in the successor states of Yugoslavia created a specific dynamic in the field of labor mobility. Still, little research has been done in this region on how women, who are older care workers from Serbia or Bosnia commute—often via illegal border crossings—to German households to look after the elderly. In Peripheral Labor Mobilities, Tanja Višic explores this gender-specific migration pattern in the first expansive ethnography of contemporary cross-border elder care in this region. She takes up questions about how the mobility and work practices of women are integrated into the socio-economic networks of the informal care work sector while also looking at worker confrontations with labor laws and border regimes. Illustrative case studies clearly detail culturally specific patterns of perception of care work, family relationships, and the mobility demanded by these labor arrangements.

490 pages | 16 halftones | 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 | © 2022

Anthropology: Cultural and Social Anthropology

Sociology: Occupations, Professions, Work, Social Organization--Stratification, Mobility

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