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A Global Approach to Paid Domestic Work and Social Inequalities

Description du projet

Découvrir les réalités cachées du travail domestique rémunéré

Le travail domestique rémunéré peut servir de grille d’analyse pour examiner l’impact de la mondialisation sur les inégalités sociales. Avec 52,6 millions de travailleurs domestiques dans le monde, dont 43 millions de femmes et 7 millions d’enfants, les implications de la mondialisation sur ce secteur sont considérables. Le projet DomEQUAL, financé par le CER, entend proposer une analyse globale complète des positions sociales des travailleurs domestiques rémunérés. Il s’agit notamment d’examiner leur situation socio-économique et juridique tout en adoptant une approche «intersectionnelle» à grande échelle. En effectuant une comparaison diachronique des années 1950 à nos jours, DomEQUAL se concentre sur neuf pays (Allemagne, Brésil, Colombie, Équateur, Espagne, Inde, Italie, Philippines et Taïwan) qui offrent des perspectives diverses en raison de leur position différente dans le monde globalisé.


How does globalisation impact the construction of social inequality? DomEQUAL tackles this question through a study on paid domestic work (PDW). Of the 52.6 million PDWs in the world today, 43 million are women and 7 million are children. The multidimensional transformations brought about by globalisation with the intensification of international migration, the urbanisation of rural and indigenous populations, and changes in household organisation and welfare regimes have a massive impact on PDWs at the global level.
New research possibilities are open since PDW has become an object of global governance. The ILO Convention 189 is the most evident sign of this. For researchers, this has the important effect of making new data and tools for analysis available. DomEQUAL profits from this opportunity to provide a global comparison of PDWs’ social positions, especially in the socio-economic and legal fields. It also provides the opportunity to experiment an ‘intersectionality’ approach to PDW on a large scale. Finally, it analyses which type of global/local actor is more effective in improving the legal framework for PDWs. In so doing, it aims at a theoretical and methodological contribution that goes beyond PDW and addresses the construction of social inequalities within globalisation more generally.
This is done through a diachronic comparison (1950s-now) of the changing situation of PDWs in the following countries: Spain, Italy and Germany in Europe; Colombia, Ecuador and Brazil in South America; and India, the Philippines and Taiwan in Asia. These nine countries are interesting cases for comparison because of their different positions within the process of globalisation, the specificities of their socio-cultural contexts, and also because they have all experienced mobilisations for PDWs’ rights. The project will be carried out by the PI and two senior post-doc researchers based in Italy, with the support of nine experts in the selected countries.

Régime de financement

ERC-STG - Starting Grant

Institution d’accueil

Contribution nette de l'UE
€ 1 199 976,00
30123 Venezia

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Nord-Est Veneto Venezia
Type d’activité
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Coût total
€ 1 199 976,00

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