- What is the problem with western households employing Thir...
What is the problem with western households employing Third World domestic labour and how can it be solved? Illustrate your essay with specific examples.
Western families are increasingly outsourcing the functions of
domestic work, including the reproductive process of caring for
children, to a cheap domestic labour market largely comprised of
migrant workers from developing countries. This approach to raising
children poses some significant questions about the potential of a
rising generation to become productive members of society because
society as a whole has decided to cut corners in the care and
nurture they provide. An argument can be made that western families
are losing a quality of care because their children are being
raised through a market that provides poor compensation to
caregivers and is somewhat volatile. Clearer, however, is the price
that migrant mothers and their families pay in lost care for their
children as a result of the time they spend as domestic labourers
in western households.
In conclusion, at the issue's core regarding western households
employing migrant domestic labour is that domestic labour is a
necessity yet largely undervalued and performed by women. Women
cannot both work outside the home and care for the domestic needs
of their families. The idea that they can do these both with flying
colors is a façade built on the domestic labour of migrant women.
People's lives suffer, whether it is western children, migrant
children, or the increased stratification in western societies. The
reality is that domestic labour has great value and should be
compensated on its merits. When society comes to grips with that
reality, policies and behaviors will change in order to achieve to
a greater extent the value inherent in the reproductive