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Within Four Walls: the Empowerment of Household Workers in Chile

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dc.contributor.advisor Kowalchuk, Lisa
dc.contributor.advisor Lupien, Pascal Barends-Ramirez, Gabriela 2017-05-17T14:56:10Z 2017-05-17T14:56:10Z 2017-05 2017-05-15 2017-05-17
dc.description.abstract The purpose of this thesis is to analyze how Ley 20.786 has contributed to the improvement of working conditions and the empowerment of household workers in Chile. Ley 20.786 was passed in 2014 in Chile, and it formalizes the working conditions of all household employees, regardless of job status or nationality. To analyze how household workers have the capacity to exercise choice, I draw on the semi-structured interviews I carried out during my fieldwork in Santiago de Chile. The results indicate that there are some improvements in the working conditions of domestic workers as a result of Ley 20.786. The results also suggest that the women in this job sector find ways to configure their power relations at work, become aware of their traditional vulnerable position by accessing information about their labour rights, and that they make use of their resources, agency, and achievements to gain a sense of empowerment. This thesis contributes to the largely unexplored topic of domestic workers’ empowerment in Chile and Latin America. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.publisher University of Guelph en_US
dc.subject domestic work en_US
dc.subject chile en_US
dc.subject household work en_US
dc.subject empowerment en_US
dc.subject women's empowerment en_US
dc.subject labour relations en_US
dc.subject Latin America en_US
dc.subject Labour unions en_US
dc.subject social movement en_US
dc.title Within Four Walls: the Empowerment of Household Workers in Chile en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US Latin American and Caribbean Studies en_US Master of Arts en_US School of Languages and Literatures en_US
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