Organizing the Unorganized: Migrant Domestic Workers in Lebanon: Cairo Papers in Social Science Vol. 34, No. 3

Organizing the Unorganized: Migrant Domestic Workers in Lebanon: Cairo Papers in Social Science Vol. 34, No. 3

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Farah Kobaissy

A study of workers' rights in a non-unionized field in Lebanon

This study examines the process of unionizing domestic workers in Lebanon, highlighting the potentialities as well as the obstacles confronting it, and looks at the multiple power relations involved through axes of class, gender, race, and nationality. The author situates this struggle within the larger scene of the labor union ÔmovementÕ in the country, and discusses the contribution of women's rights organizations in rendering visible cases of abuse against migrant domestic workers. She argues that the 'death' of class politics has made women's rights organizations address migrant domestic worker issues as a separate labor category, further contributing to their production as an 'exception' under neoliberalism.


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