Date of Award

Spring 4-20-2011

Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)



First Advisor

Jennifer Patico

Second Advisor

Faidra Papavasiliou

Third Advisor

Cassandra White


This thesis explores the work experiences and life histories of a group of Latina migrant women who work in specific sectors of the service industry in Atlanta, Georgia. I focus on janitorial/custodial as well as domestic labor in order to confront the social issue of the continued devaluation and exploitation of feminized wage work. This ethnography reveals how education and English proficiency tie into how migrant labor is viewed in the United States specifically, and asks how Latina migrant women might be able to achieve labor legitimacy in the future. My findings are based on in-depth interviews that I collected from ten Latina migrant women who live and work in the Atlanta metro-area.


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