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In Service and Servitude : Foreign Female Domestic Workers and the Malaysian

In Service and Servitude

Foreign Female Domestic Workers and the Malaysian "Modernity Project"

Paperback Published: 23rd June 1998
ISBN: 9780231109871
Number Of Pages: 336
For Ages: 22+ years old

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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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"A rare example of field research that critically links the micro and the macro, this book examines the export-import of domestic service workers within the politics of development in Malaysia and the global political economy." -- Ligaya Lindio-McGovern, Indiana University, "Journal of American History"

List of Tables
Introductionp. 1
Arranging and Rearranging the Interior Frontiers of Societyp. 31
"Boys, Amahs, and Girls": Domestic Workers of the Past and Presentp. 69
The Malaysian-Philippine-Indonesian Maid Tradep. 93
Infrapolitics of Domestic Service: Strategies of, and Resistances to, Controlp. 125
Modernity Via Consumption: Domestic Service and the Making of the Modern Malaysian Middle Classesp. 165
Conclusionp. 195
Glossaryp. 207
Notesp. 211
Bibliographyp. 265
Indexp. 289
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ISBN: 9780231109871
ISBN-10: 0231109873
Audience: Professional
For Ages: 22+ years old
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 336
Published: 23rd June 1998
Publisher: Columbia University Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.91 x 15.14  x 2.16
Weight (kg): 0.45