Contesting Disciplinary Power: Transnational Domestic Labour in the Global South

Lumayag, Linda Alfarero (2018) Contesting Disciplinary Power: Transnational Domestic Labour in the Global South. Asian Studies Review, 42 (1). pp. 161-177. ISSN 1035-7823

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Using Foucault’s concept of power as a social relation of the unequal, this paper attempts to describe the resistance struggles of non-citizen domestic workers placed in a work environment beyond the reach of their support group. Based on a study conducted between 2001 and 2013 using non-consecutive in-depth interviews and participant observation among Filipino domestics in Kuala Lumpur, the paper’s findings indicate that the “victimisation” issue is not the only prism through which one can view the place of women migrant workers involved in transnational labour migration. The dynamic social interaction and the forging of different levels of social relationships in a strange sociocultural environment could be used to interpret other non-traditional spheres of interaction, such as language, cultural rituals and social labelling. © 2018 Asian Studies Association of Australia.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Disciplinary power, domestic labour, Filipino domestic workers, Malaysia, transnational migrants, unimas, university, universiti, Borneo, Malaysia, Sarawak, Kuching, Samarahan, ipta, education, , research, Universiti Malaysia Sarawak.
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GE Environmental Sciences
J Political Science > JZ International relations
Divisions: Academic Faculties, Institutes and Centres > Faculty of Social Sciences & Humanities
Faculties, Institutes, Centres > Faculty of Social Sciences & Humanities
Depositing User: Ibrahim
Date Deposited: 04 Apr 2018 02:13
Last Modified: 04 Apr 2018 02:13

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