Care worker migration, global health equity, and ethical place-making

TitleCare worker migration, global health equity, and ethical place-making
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2014
AuthorsEckenwiler, L
JournalWomen's Studies International Forum
Date Published2014
Publication Languageeng
ISBN Number02775395
KeywordsEMIGRATION , Foreign , HOME , SOCIAL , Women
AbstractSynopsis The division of care labor has long been gendered; it is increasingly transnational. Part of the feminization of international migration, many women seek employment abroad as nurses, nurses' aides, and home care workers. This gendered migration generates serious concerns of injustice, chief among them the deepening of global health inequities in “source countries” and injustices against migrant care workers. Here, I assume that governments and other agents whose policies and practices cross borders share responsibilities for addressing injustices, grounding these responsibilities in our nature as “ecological subjects”. This conception of persons directs attention to our embeddedness socially and also spatially, in geographically identifiable locations which are also constituted relationally. Responsibility for addressing injustices, in turn, might fruitfully be conceived as ethical place-making. Here I define the notion of ethical place-making and examine its potential to generate ethically urgent social change in both source and destination countries and their care settings. 
NotesEckenwiler, Lisa 1,2; Affiliation: 1: Department of Philosophy, George Mason University, United States 2: Department of Health Administration and Policy, George Mason University, United States; Source Info: Nov/Dec2014 Part B, Vol. 47, p213; Subject Term: EMIGRATION & immigration; Subject Term: FOREIGN workers; Subject Term: HOME care services; Subject Term: WOMEN -- Employment; Subject Term: SOCIAL change; NAICS/Industry Codes: 621390 Offices of all other health practitioners; NAICS/Industry Codes: 621399 Offices of All Other Miscellaneous Health Practitioners; NAICS/Industry Codes: 621610 Home Health Care Services; NAICS/Industry Codes: 624120 Services for the Elderly and Persons with Disabilities; Number of Pages: 10p; Document Type: Article