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Editor’s Letter

Category: "Upstairs, Downstairs" Editor’s Letter Upstairs, Downstairs (and In-Between) When Argentine biologist Otto Solbrig was interim DRCLAS faculty director many years ago, he commented more than once that ReVista did...

Paid Domestic Workers, Women and Democracy

I first visited Peru in 1995 as a graduate student and junior member of a Latin American Studies Association delegation to examine the state of democracy in that country on the…

Invisible Commutes

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Belén García, a Colombian domestic worker, wakes up at five in the morning every day in her home in the chilly mountains of southeastern Bogotá. After taking a shower, she dresses in several…

Slavery Upstairs, Slavery Downstairs

On February 14, 1800, someone slipped an anonymous letter to the solicitor general of Lima’s high court via one of his domestic servants. When he opened it, the solicitor (fiscal)…

Let’s Talk about Resilience

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When I joined the International Domestic Workers Federation (IDWF) family in October 2019, I never imagined that a few months later I would experience both the pain and…

Qualified but Rejected

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As of 2021, more than six million Venezuelans had left a crisis-ridden country in search of a decent life that is not plagued by food insecurity and the lack of other basic needs. Close to five million of them…

Waiting for Rain

Just before the beginning of the pandemic, I traveled to Sevilla, Colombia, to meet with Yudith Leguí, a participant in my sociological research, whom I first interviewed in 2016 in El…

Savoring the Maya Past

Every now and then, a book review request lands at just the right time to contemplate, even savor the work. I read and mused over Her Cup for Sweet Cacao as part of my journey from the United…

The Challenges of Yenny Hurtado

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Yenny Hurtado is a tall, slim woman whose skin does not reveal her history and much less, her age. She sports a red and pink turban with much grace and simplicity. The naturalness with…

A Few Shocks Away from Poverty

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Growing up in Lima Peru, I can remember people saying, “There is no middle class.” This was an exaggeration. Not all the non-poor were rich—far from it—but the differences in the living …

“We are Not Part of Your Family; We Have Our Own”

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In 2003, shortly before I (Adriana Paz) emigrated from my native country, Bolivia, for the first time ever, a law regulating domestic work (Law 2450) was approved, despite the fact that this…

Caregiving, Domestic Work and Migration

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We often think of caregiving as an highly individual issue, but actually care is “what’s done to conserve and repair our world to live in the best possible form,” to paraphrase political scientist…

What is The Middle Class in Mexico?

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“El Santuario”—the sanctuary—is an exclusive residential gated community in the town of San Pedro Garza García in northern Mexico. Tucked into the hills, the neighborhood is home to mansions worth…

COVID-19 IMPACT ON THE MIDDLE CLASS IN MEXICO

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I’m from the state of Puebla, a medium-sized city in central Mexico. Over the past two years, I’ve observed as at least one out of every ten local residents has fallen from the middle class into poverty…

Firefly Dynamics

As the mestizo grandson of Bolivian Indigenous farmers and Scottish aristocratic landowners, I’ve long been fascinated by social mixing and mobility. Growing up in the…

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