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Q&A: Domestic workers and their working conditions

Question: I am looking for literature on domestic workers in U.S and their working conditions.

Answer: I recommend that you search Socrates, our online catalog, with keyword search 'immigrant workers' and women. One of the books that you will see in the search results is Dom├ęstica: immigrant workers cleaning and caring in the shadows of affluence by Pierrette Hondagneu-Sotelo. In the record you will also see subject headings such as 'women domestics,' 'Women alien labor,''Domestics United states' etc. You can expand your search with those subject headings and find more items that are relevant to your topic such as Seven days a week: women and domestic service in industrializing America by David Katzman.

Also, you can find newspaper and journal articles by using the following databases:

  • Ethnic News Watch (only available to Stanford users) has newspapers and periodicals published by the ethnic, minority and native press in the U.S. Coverage is from 1960 to date.
  • Contemporary Women's issues (only available to Stanford users) has articles from numerous periodicals about various women's issues.
  • Policyfile (only available to Stanford Users) Provides abstracts and full-text articles on public policy research and analysis from think tanks, university research programs, research organizations and publishers.
  • Lexis Nexis (only available to Stanford users) Provides access to current U.S. and International news, federal documents, law journals etc.
  • Sociological Abstracts (only available to Stanford users) includes research literature in sociology and related disciplines in the social and behavioral sciences.

In addition, I'd also suggest that you check various human rights organizations and immigrant rights advocacy groups; These organizations often produce working papers and collect information on this topic.

Lastly, Please check out our web resources on human rights, labor, immigration etc.

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Women and Work

For information on women, see also this page from the Feminist Studies Research Subjects A-Z guide on Internet Resources: Women and Work

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