In Service and Servitude: Foreign Female Domestic Workers and the Malaysian "modernity" Project

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Columbia University Press, 1998 - Business & Economics - 299 pages
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In Service and Servitude explores the relationship between contemporary domestic service and the pursuit of the "good life" in an era of global economic transformation. The author offers an interdisciplinary approach to examining the in-migration of foreign domestic workers in Malaysia.

The book uses Malaysia as a case study of the role played by foreign domestics in a rapidly industrializing Asian country. Christine Chin discusses how the state elites and the middle classes come to rationalize the demand for-and treatment of-domestic workers while pursuing the country's modernity project, designed to create a stable, developed, multiethnic society. She shows how different and competing pressures on the regional, national, and household levels leave Filipina and Indonesian domestics open to mistreatment and abuse, most directly by employment agencies and employers. Chin argues that late-twentieth-century efforts to expand open markets and establish global free trade, encourage the exploitation of transnational migrant workers, and that such exploitation should not become an acceptable part of pursuing the "good life."

 

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Contents

Arranging and Rearranging the Interior Frontiers of Society
31
Domestic Workers of the Past
69
The MalaysianPhilippineIndonesian Maid Trade
93
Strategies of
125
Domestic Service and
165
Conclusion
195
NOTES
211
BIBLIOGRAPHY
265
INDEX
289
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About the author (1998)

Joseph Roach is professor of English at Tulane University. He is the author of The Player's Passion: Studies in the Science of Acting, which won the Barnard Hewitt Award, and coeditor, with Janeele Reinelt, of Critical Theory and Performance.

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