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In Service and Servitude

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ISBN-13: 978-0231109871
ISBN-10: 0231109873
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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"


This is an impressive piece of original - and ambitious - analysis. In Service and Servitude makes much clearer than most [scholarship] that a state elite intent upon a neo-liberal strategy of international economic competition relies on particular sorts of relationships between women and men. Chin convincingly demonstrates that the allegedly 'private' sphere of domestic work is in reality subject to political manipulations-especially via state labor legislation (or deliberate refusal to include it under its legislative aegis) and via state labor immigration policies.

(Cynthia Enloe, author of Bananas, Beaches, and Bases: Making Feminist Sense of International Politics)

Product Details

  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Columbia University Press (April 15, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0231109873
  • ISBN-13: 978-0231109871
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,062,109 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This well-written book examines a crucial topic that we know little. I especially like Chapter Five--it reveals many interesting--sometimes sad-- stories the hidden power struggles and resistance in the daily lives betwen maids and their employers. Worthy reading!
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