Activism among female migrant domestic workers: a qualitative study in southern Spain
Reference: Aceros, J.C., Duque, T. & Paloma, V. (2023). El activismo en las migrantes trabajadoras del hogar: Estudio cualitativo en el sur de España. Estudios Fronterizos, 24, e116. https://doi.org/10.21670/ref.2305116
Abstract: Domestic work is an oppressive occupational niche for migrant women. The strategies domestic workers employ to resist this situation have been scarcely studied. This paper is interested in their activism. Through a qualitative study in southern Spain, the meaning of such socio-political action for migrant wo-men is explored. In the spring of 2020, eleven activists from the Seville Asso-ciation of Domestic Workers were interviewed. The material was subjected to content analysis. The meanings associated with their activism were grouped into four categories: (1) the horizon of “struggle”, (2) the forms of “struggle”, (3) the levels of involvement, and (4) the challenges of activism. The results are limited to a historically recent case, and to a small sample chosen purpo-sively; however, they contribute to the understanding of migrant women’s agency, and open fields of reflection for domestic workers’ organizations.