Globalization, polarization and the informal sector: the case of paid domestic workers in London

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Considerable debate has occurred over whether ‘global cities’ are witnessing polarization of their labour forces into highly paid professionals and low paid personal service workers. This paper offers evidence on paid domestic labour in London, some of which occurs in the informal sector, and considers its potential significance for the polarization debate.

Keywords: Hamnett; London; Sassen; global city; paid domestic work; polarization

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: 1: Department of Geography, Coventry University 2: Department of Human Sciences, Buckinghamshire Chilterns University College

Publication date: March 1, 2002

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