Maid to Order in Hong Kong
Stories of Migrant Workers Version 2 2nd Revised edition
By (author) Nicole Constable
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Maid to Order in Hong Kong by Nicole Constable
Book DescriptionFrom reviews of the first edition: "This ethnography is an indisputable contribution to both Asian studies and anthropology and a pioneering work in the field of transnational migration studies. I strongly recommend this lively and readable study of the complex lives of domestic workers in Hong Kong as a textbook for use in a variety of classes."-American Ethnologist "An ethnography with a twist, in that it portrays the domestic workers in their own terms, speaking for themselves through their experiences and reactions, including the strategies of resistance developed by the workers."-China Journal "Constable undertakes extensive naturalistic and participant observation...The interviews are lively, presenting an array of experiences."-China Quarterly "Maid to Order in Hong Kong is a stimulating and compellingly written book."-American Anthropologist "The combination of analyses of the social structural forms of domination and the individual forms of resistance makes Constable's work insightful and useful." -Signs Middle-class Chinese women in the global city of Hong Kong have entered the workforce in unprecedented numbers over the past three decades, and the demand for foreign domestic workers has soared. A decade ago some foretold the decline in foreign workers and the influx of mainland workers. But today over 120,000 women from the Philippines, over 90,000 from Indonesia, and thousands more from other parts of South and Southeast Asia serve as maids on two-year contracts in Hong Kong, sending much needed remittances to their families abroad. Nicole Constable tells their story by updating Maid to Order in Hong Kong with a focus on the major changes that have taken place since Hong Kong's reunification with mainland China in 1997, the Asian financial crisis of the late 1990s, and the outbreak of SARS in 2002-2003. Interweaving her analysis with the women's individual stories, she shows how power is expressed in the day-to-day lives of Filipina domestic workers and more-recent Indonesian arrivals.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780801473234
(229mm x 152mm x 17mm)
Imprint: Cornell University Press
Publisher: Cornell University Press
Publish Date: 11-Oct-2007
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Nicole Constable
Born out of Place, Paperback (March 2014)
Hong Kong is a meeting place for migrant domestic workers, traders, refugees, asylum seekers, tourists, businessmen, and local residents. This book looks at the experiences of Indonesian and Filipina women in this Asian world city.
Migrant Workers in Asia, Paperback (December 2011)
This text provides rich and provocative comparative studies of South and Southeast Asian domestic workers who migrate to other parts of Asia. Conceptually and methodologically, it challenges us to move beyond established regional divides and proposes new ways of mapping inter-Asian connections.
Romance on a Global Stage, Paperback (September 2003)» View all books by Nicole Constable
By the year 2000 more than 350 Internet agencies were plying the email-order marriage trade. Attentive to the structural, cultural, and personal factors that prompt women and men to seek marriage partners abroad, this book questions the dichotomies so frequently drawn between structure and agency, and between global and local levels of analysis.
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