4112 - Migrant Working Women in Hermosillo and Los Angeles: Daily Life, Precarity at Work and Health

How is the health of working migrant mothers affected by changing life conditions in different migrant destinations? How do we understand these changes in relation to women’s work, access to health services, the growing precariousness of paid labor, and new strains and demands within the household? We present results from research on work and health among Mexican migrant mothers in Los Angeles, California and Hermosillo, Sonora. The larger study includes a framework that articulates the relation between multiple dimensions of women’s work and their process of health, illness, care and attention. W e address transformations in the world of work; relations between the state, civil society and the individual; and changes within the household, especially in terms of gender relations. We analyze modifications in the labor market, the changing nature of women’s work; ways women care for their health and that of their families, family norms, family structure, remittances, networks, the economic role of the family, and women’s position in relation to other family members. Within the context of migration, we consider labor precarity and vulnerability in women’s daily life. Our methodology combines the analysis of socio-economic and demographic data for each city and partial life histories of migrant women collected in two poor migrant neighborhoods. Based on the concept ways of life , interviews probe ways that migration alters gender and family relations, women’s work, and health. Results reveal differences and similarities between domestic and international migrant women in terms of their sense of isolation; vulnerability; the autonomy of female earners versus women without their own income; and how they combine traditional and biomedical forms of healthcare for women and their families.

Keywords: migration, gender, women¿s work, health



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