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Lives on the LineHow the Philippines became the World's Call Center Capital$
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Jeffrey J. Sallaz

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780190630652

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2019

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780190630652.001.0001

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One Job, Many Lives

One Job, Many Lives

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(p.3) 1 One Job, Many Lives
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Lives on the Line
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Jeffrey J. Sallaz

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190630652.003.0001

The lives of five workers, in three countries, can tell us much about the world of work today. Ashley, a young American, takes a job in a call center following a family tragedy, but quits it as soon as she is able. Mina, an Indian woman, must leave the industry because the men in her life believe that a “call center job equals a call girl job.” Daisy, from a rural province in the Philippines, desperately seeks call center work as a way to achieve independence. She aspires to be like her cousin Belle, a proud and sophisticated transgender call center agent. Joy, meanwhile, forgoes her dream to migrate and become a nurse in order to stay in the Philippines and make a decent living answering calls.

Keywords:   gender, survival, breadwinning, job, call center, patriarchy

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