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Trabajo y sociedad

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TIZZIANI, Ania. Employment Promotion and Working Conditions: Early Reflections on Different Careers within the Domestic Labor in the Buenos Aires Metropolitan Area. Trab. soc. [online]. 2011, n.17, pp.309-328. ISSN 1514-6871.

Social and career mobility has been long one of the most important and frequent topics in Latin American studies of paid domestic labor. In Argentina, the first investigations focused on the aspects related to the migration from rural to urban areas. In these studies, domestic service jobs were usually interpreted as a first and transitional working experience that should lead to other jobs or positions in the labor market. In the last decades, this interpretation has been questioned by different studies showing the lack of or scarce mobility from domestic service to other types of jobs or professions. This also would confirm the observation that mobility occur within the domestic service itself. Based on a qualitative research, the main purpose of this article is to analyze the role of the domestic labor in the general working trajectories of women employed in that field. The findings presented in this article suggest that many of the women employed in domestic service remain most of their working lives within this type of employment. By means of the analysis of their working trajectories, this article reflects on those labor aspects related to the organization of career mobility and its effects on the daily experience of work.

Keywords : Domestic service; Social mobility; Career mobility.

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