Migrant Policy, Care Regimes, and Nationhood: East Asia and North America in a Comparative Perspective


Mon, 18/02/2013 -
17:00 to 18:30
Room 207, Institute for Chinese Studies (Walton Street)


Dr. Reza Hasmath


Professor Ito Peng, University of Toronto


If a “migrant in the family” is the prevalent pattern of care work in Mediterranean societies today, what are the emergent patterns in other familialistic societies, and what are the factors driving or impeding them? This talk address these questions by examining the cases of East Asia and North America. The analysis suggests that while care work patterns resemble those of the Mediterranean countries in their increased use of migrant care workers, they also differ from the Mediterranean, partly because of their varying conceptualizations of nationhood. The talk will argue that concepts of nationhood are significant, but not all-determining in efforts to reconcile care work and migration regimes.


Ito Peng (PhD, LSE) is an Associate Dean of Interdisciplinary and International Affairs, and a Professor of Sociology and Public Policy in the Faculty of Arts and Science, University of Toronto. She teaches political sociology, comparative welfare states, and public policy, focusing especially on East Asia, Europe, and North American comparisons. Her articles have appeared in Politics and Society, Social Politics, International Labor Review, Social Policy and Administration, Development & Change, Journal of East Asian Studies, amongst others. Her current research includes: (1) a comparison of social investment policies in Canada, Australia, Japan, and South Korea; (2) an international collaborative research project on demography, gender, and care migration; and, (3) a comparison of labour market dualization in Europe and East Asia. Prof. Peng is an associate researcher for United Nations Research Institute for Social Development.

For further information on this talk, please contact Dr. Reza Hasmath, reza.hasmath@area.ox.ac.uk.

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