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    ‘This is the life I want’: au pairs’ perceptions of life in the global city

    Cox, Rosie and Busch, Nicole (2016) ‘This is the life I want’: au pairs’ perceptions of life in the global city. Nordic Journal of Migration Research 6 (4), pp. 234-242. ISSN 1799-649X.

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    Abstract

    London is an important destination for au pairs, who, like many other young migrants, are attracted by the social, cultural and economic opportunities the city offers. London also has strong demand for au pair labour, shaped by childcare regimes and working practices which have made in-home, privatised childcare popular with many families and a migration regime, including the deregulation of au pairing, which has funnelled migrants into low-paid domestic and caring work. This article examines the effects of au pairs’ perceptions of London . We argue that in the context of deregulation, au pairs aim to use the opportunities that London affords in order to develop networks and skills which they will use for future migration and careers, trading good conditions for the chance to be in the capital. Thus, positive perceptions of London work in host families’ favour as au pairs will accept poor pay and conditions in order to be located in London. .

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    Item Type: Article
    Keyword(s) / Subject(s): Au pairs, childcare, deregulation, domestic work, London
    School: School of Social Sciences, History and Philosophy > Department of Geography
    Research Centres and Institutes: Mapping Maternal Subjectivities, Identities and Ethics (MAMSIE), Gender and Sexuality, Birkbeck (BiGS)
    Depositing User: Rosie Cox
    Date Deposited: 16 Jan 2017 11:16
    Last Modified: 18 Jun 2021 04:16
    URI: https://eprints.bbk.ac.uk/id/eprint/16390

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