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From “Balcony Talk” and “Practical Prayers” to illegal collectives: Migrant Domestic Workers and Meso- Level Resistances in Lebanon Summary Spatial exclusions that migrant domestic workers experience in Lebanon Challenge by migrant workers: resistances 1. Strategic dyads forged across balconies by most restrictied live-in workers 2. Small collectives formed outside ethnic churches by live-in workers 3. Larger worker collectives (can be cross borders) in rental appartments occupied by illegal freelancers and runaways These challenges challenge dichotomies constructed between public and private organizations and resistances Story In 2008, every week, one migrant domestic worker (MDW) commits suicide in Lebanon by jumping down tall buildings Reason: Women in high level abuse, isolation, helplessness ‘My plan’: give voices to victims of abuse The Challenges: hard to access these women How MDW’s find a way to escape : in balconies of the employer, ethnic churches and alliances with other MDW, illegal freelancers forging alliance in apartments of abandoned buildings Resistance at the ‘meso-level’: between micro and macro The author of the journal states that the ways that these MDW’s find a way to escape is resistance at the meso level. Do you know why they call it ‘meso’? =study the experiences of groups and the interactions between groups. There are resistance adopted by migrant workers around the world especially where there is a long history of migrant workers Supports MDWs who don’t have legal recourse to more organized and large scale forms of resistance 1. Describe system of domestic labor migration 2. Research methodology 3. Data analysis 4. Domestic workers limited access to public space 5. THE IRONY: these MDWs use the excluded spaces to enact resistive acts and forge alliance From Victimhood to Resistance: Migrant Domestic Worker Understudy 1970s Marxist feminists aroused the debate on paid domestic work by recognizing relationship between domestic work and capitalist accumulation Two themes on literature on migrant domestic work Gender and racialized dimension of women migrants Transfer of care from global south to global north This scholarship engage with vulnerability of noncitizens Lebanon was highlighted by the media and NGO camaigns for migrant maid abuse Studies in the region Approach in establishing protection for MDW DRAWBACK: delimit of the potential of workers to resist exploitation, abuses, form of alliance, and fight for their own rights

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