Maid in the USA
10th Anniversary Edition
By Mary Romero
Routledge – 2002 – 240 pages
Series: Perspectives on Gender
This is a classic work in the fields of Women's Studies and Sociology. On its 10th Anniversary, it is still a vital and moving study of the lives of immigrant domestic workers, and is constantly cited in the research. Romero's new introduction will offer a fresh look at the material, including more recent events, proving that the issues discussed in the book are still very relevant to today's world.
"This book highlights the issues facing workers in domestic work, including low wages, long hours, poor working conditions and lack of control over working conditions. Everyone interested in these issues should read the Tenth Anniversary edition of Mary Romero's classic work Maid in the USA." -- Linda Chavez-Thompson, Executive Vice-President, AFL-CIO
"An extremely effective look at the structural dynamics that shape domestic labor…Drawing on the domestic servant's searing descriptions of their low pay and long hours, their insensitive or defensive employers, their worries about their own children and their personal strategies for survival, Maid in the USA offers a critically important corrective to the popular perception of domestic servants." -- Mimi Abramovitz, author of Under Attack, Fighting Back: Women and Welfare in the United States
"Pathbreaking in its emphasis on understanding domestic work through the lens of employment, this classic text is as relevant as ever. It continues to reaffirm the importance of questioning both the way our society organizes cleaning and caring work, and the relations of race, class, and gender on which domestic work relies." -- Pierrette Hondagneu-Sotelo, author of Domestica: Immigrant Workers Cleaning and Caring in the Shadows of Affluence
"This is exactly the moment to read or re-read Mary Romero's classic ethnography…It is wonderful to have Maid in the USA freshly available again." -- Cynthia Enloe, author of Bananas, Beaches, and Bases: Making Feminist Sense of International Politics
Mary Romero is Professor of Justice Studies at Arizona State University, and is the co-editor of Women's Untold Stories and Challenging Feminisms (both available from Routledge).