Scripts of Servitude: Language, Labor Migration and Transnational Domestic Work - Critical Language and Literacy Studies (Paperback)Beatriz P. Lorente (author)
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This book examines how language is a central resource in transforming migrant women into transnational domestic workers. Focusing on the migration of women from the Philippines to Singapore, the book unpacks why and how language is embedded in the infrastructure of transnational labor migration that links migrant-sending and migrant-receiving countries. It sheds light on the everyday lives of transnational domestic workers and how they draw on their linguistic repertoires, and in particular on English, as they cross geographical and social spaces. By showing how the transnational mobility of labor is dependent on the selection and performance of particular assemblages of linguistic resources that index migrants as labor and not as people, the book provides a powerful lens with which to examine how migration contributes to relationships of inequality and how such inequalities are produced and challenged on the terrain of language.
Publisher: Channel View Publications Ltd
Number of pages: 200
Weight: 270 g
Dimensions: 210 x 148 x 10 mm
Scripts of Servitude offers a compelling and nuanced analysis of the centrality of language in the manufacturing and exporting of transnational Filipino domestic workers. It is an important contribution to our understanding of the macro and micro politics of inequality. It unequivocally shows that servitude is never voluntary. * Cecile B. Vigouroux, Simon Fraser University, Canada *
Lorente offers a nuanced portrait of key nodes in the interactional infrastructure which shape transnational labor migration and racialized care work. She deftly shows how states and labor brokers work to shape the way domestic workers from the Philippines understand space, time and language, while the women resourcefully and laughingly craft alternative identities, and better futures. The most brilliant sociolinguistic ethnography I've read this year - it sets a new standard for our field. * Bonnie McElhinny, University of Toronto, Canada *
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