This study explores a rupturing way of understanding the value of domestic work from a feminist economics perspective based on the voices of Latin American migrant domestic workers in the Netherlands. Using a feminist standpoint view epistemology and qualitative methods of research, this document presents what is the value of domestic work according to their experiences and thoughts. The value of domestic work is defined by domestic workers into three levels: what is value for domestic workers, for employers, and for society. Value is relational, contextual-dependent and contradictory. Despite its importance for the human flourishing, devaluation appears at all levels of value, and it is expressed in the corporeal experiences by domestic workers Findings hope to contribute to making visible the domestic work in a context of migration as well as enriching feminist economics epistemologies and methodologies of research.

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Karin Astrid Siegmann
Social Policy for Development (SPD)
International Institute of Social Studies

Angélica Morán-Castañeda. (2022, December 16). Theorizing the value of work through the eyes of Latin American domestic workers in the Netherlands. Social Policy for Development (SPD). Retrieved from