Title

Immigrant Domestic Workers

Date

5-26-2016 9:15 AM

End Time

26-5-2016 9:30 AM

Location

HSS 235

Department

Sociology

Session Chair

Dean Braa

Session Title

Research and Praxis in Sociology

Faculty Sponsor(s)

Peter Callero

Abstract

Domestic workers in the U.S. (maids, house cleaners, care providers) have historically suffered poor treatment. Today most domestic workers are immigrant women. In this study, I investigate the work experience of immigrant women from Mexico. Participant observation and interviews with five self-employed house cleaners and five commercially employed house cleaners, found that domestic workers experience a lack of dignity and most experienced discrimination. A quantitative analysis of questionnaire data from 133 Western Oregon University Students looked at attitudes and beliefs directed at domestic workers. Knowing the worker's racial identity or whether or not she owned a small business, did not affect student attitudes.

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May 26th, 9:15 AM May 26th, 9:30 AM

Immigrant Domestic Workers

HSS 235

Domestic workers in the U.S. (maids, house cleaners, care providers) have historically suffered poor treatment. Today most domestic workers are immigrant women. In this study, I investigate the work experience of immigrant women from Mexico. Participant observation and interviews with five self-employed house cleaners and five commercially employed house cleaners, found that domestic workers experience a lack of dignity and most experienced discrimination. A quantitative analysis of questionnaire data from 133 Western Oregon University Students looked at attitudes and beliefs directed at domestic workers. Knowing the worker's racial identity or whether or not she owned a small business, did not affect student attitudes.