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Trabajo y sociedad

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BORGEAUD-GARCIANDIA, Natacha. The home carer for the elderly people: on the little visibility of their work performance. Trab. soc. [online]. 2012, n.19, pp. 0-0. ISSN 1514-6871.

Our goal is to engage in the issue regarding the little social visibility that characterizes the performance of the work of the home carer for the elderly people. They are usually women workers, and particularly in the CABA, they are immigrant workers from Latin American countries. In the first part, on the basis of the existing literature, we resume data about female labor migration to Argentina that take part in domestic and care jobs. The idea is to see some socio-economic labour features and changes that took place in the sector, accompanied by feminized migrant labor movements coming from countries in the region. In a second part, always in order to reflect the working invisibility of certain jobs, we make the legal definitions regarding workers in the sector. We briefly highlight aspects that reflect perceptions and impact reality, some legal specific points, either from employment status or migration status that improve workers reality and create a legal absence situation to hinder its recognition. Finally, we will approximate in a third part, to different elements of the employment of home carers for the elderly people which converge towards the social invisibility of their work. These elements are mutually reinforced, though, for a better clarity in the exhibition, we regrouped them under different themes, such as the populations concerned, the employment conditions, the performance place, the developed activities, and finally the type of relations that entails. By way of conclusion, we will propose a brief reflection on the home care professionalization efforts, particularly as is being developed in France.

Keywords : Home carers; Job; Invisibility; Elderly people; Migration; Activity; Domestic employment.

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