Home and Hegemony: Domestic Service and Identity Politics in South and Southeast Asia
Kathleen M. Adams, Sara DickeyISBN: 047211106X;
In the intimate context of domestic service, power relations take on one of their most personalized forms. Domestic servants and their employers must formulate their political identities in relationship to each other, sometimes reinforcing and sometimes challenging broader social hierarchies such as those based on class, caste or rank, gender, race and ethnicity, nationality, sexual orientation, and kinship relations. This pathbreaking collection builds on recent examinations of identity in the postcolonial states of South and Southeast Asia by investigating the ways in which domestic workers and their employers come to know and depict one another and themselves through their interactions inside and outside of the home. This setting provides a particularly apt arena for examining the daily negotiations of power and hegemony. Contributors to the volume, all anthropologists, provide rich ethnographic analyses that avoid a narrow focus on either workers...
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