Book Review Symposium – Geraldine Pratt’s ‘Families Apart: Migrant Mothers and the Conflicts of Labor and Love’

Review forum on Gerry Pratt’s book Families Apart, which began as a discussion at Durham University.

This symposium brings together a group of scholars to discuss Prof. Geraldine Pratt’s monograph Families Apart: Migrant Mothers and the Conflicts of Labor and Love (University of Minnesota Press, 2012). The book is grounded in a collaboration between Prof. Pratt and the Philippine Women’s Centre of British Columbia (PWC) that began in 1995 as a means of investigating care work in Canada, and more specifically the Live-in Caregiver Program (LCP). This temporary migration program has brought tens of thousands of largely Filipino women to Canada, under conditions akin to indentured servitude, to look after Canadian children and elderly people. Pratt’s previous monograph, Working Feminism (Edinburgh University Press, 2004), documents the many violences experienced by the caregivers and puts this research into conversation with academic debates in feminist theory and geography.

Families ApartFamilies Apart picks up where Working Feminism finishes by examining the horrific economic, social and political effects and affects of…

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