In Service and Servitude: Foreign Female Domestic Workers and the Malaysian "Modernity Project"

Hardcover (Print)
Used and New from Other Sellers
Used and New from Other Sellers
from $87.55
Usually ships in 1-2 business days
(Save 2%)
Other sellers (Hardcover)
  • All (4) from $87.55   
  • Used (4) from $87.55   
Close
Sort by
Page 1 of 1
Showing All
Note: Marketplace items are not eligible for any BN.com coupons and promotions
$87.55
Seller since 2005

Feedback rating:

(7725)

Condition:

New — never opened or used in original packaging.

Like New — packaging may have been opened. A "Like New" item is suitable to give as a gift.

Very Good — may have minor signs of wear on packaging but item works perfectly and has no damage.

Good — item is in good condition but packaging may have signs of shelf wear/aging or torn packaging. All specific defects should be noted in the Comments section associated with each item.

Acceptable — item is in working order but may show signs of wear such as scratches or torn packaging. All specific defects should be noted in the Comments section associated with each item.

Used — An item that has been opened and may show signs of wear. All specific defects should be noted in the Comments section associated with each item.

Refurbished — A used item that has been renewed or updated and verified to be in proper working condition. Not necessarily completed by the original manufacturer.

Good
4-15-98 Hardcover GOOD Crisp, clean, unread and unmarked hardcover with slightly bumped boards, missing dustjacket-otherwise Very Nice! 1.25 lbs.

Ships from: Harrisburg, PA

Usually ships in 1-2 business days

  • Canadian
  • International
  • Standard, 48 States
  • Standard (AK, HI)
  • Express, 48 States
  • Express (AK, HI)
$202.05
Seller since 2014

Feedback rating:

(258)

Condition: Good
Possible retired library copy, some have markings or writing.

Ships from: Chatham, NJ

Usually ships in 1-2 business days

  • Canadian
  • International
  • Standard, 48 States
  • Standard (AK, HI)
  • Express, 48 States
  • Express (AK, HI)
$203.80
Seller since 2014

Feedback rating:

(258)

Condition: Very Good
Very good.

Ships from: Chatham, NJ

Usually ships in 1-2 business days

  • Canadian
  • International
  • Standard, 48 States
  • Standard (AK, HI)
  • Express, 48 States
  • Express (AK, HI)
$275.15
Seller since 2014

Feedback rating:

(171)

Condition: Very Good
0231109865 Clean, Unmarked Copy.

Ships from: Westfield, NJ

Usually ships in 1-2 business days

  • Standard, 48 States
  • Standard (AK, HI)
  • Express, 48 States
  • Express (AK, HI)
Page 1 of 1
Showing All
Close
Sort by

Overview

In Service and Servitude explores the relationship between contemporary domestic service and the pursuit of the "good life" in an era of global economic transformation. The author offers an interdisciplinary approach to examining the in-migration of foreign domestic workers in Malaysia.

The book uses Malaysia as a case study of the role played by foreign domestics in a rapidly industrializing Asian country. Christine Chin discusses how the state elites and the middle classes come to rationalize the demand for-and treatment of-domestic workers while pursuing the country's modernity project, designed to create a stable, developed, multiethnic society. She shows how different and competing pressures on the regional, national, and household levels leave Filipina and Indonesian domestics open to mistreatment and abuse, most directly by employment agencies and employers. Chin argues that late-twentieth-century efforts to expand open markets and establish global free trade, encourage the exploitation of transnational migrant workers, and that such exploitation should not become an acceptable part of pursuing the "good life."

-"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

Read More Show Less

Editorial Reviews

Cynthia Enloe
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.
Ligaya Lindio-McGovern
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.
Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780231109864
  • Publisher: Columbia University Press
  • Publication date: 6/2/1998
  • Pages: 336

Meet the Author

CHRISTINE B. N. CHIN is assistant professor of international relations in the School of International Service at American University.

Columbia University Press

Read More Show Less

Table of Contents

List of Tables
Preface
Acknowledgments
Abbreviations
1 Introduction 1
2 Arranging and Rearranging the Interior Frontiers of Society 31
3 "Boys, Amahs, and Girls": Domestic Workers of the Past and Present 69
4 The Malaysian-Philippine-Indonesian Maid Trade 93
5 Infrapolitics of Domestic Service: Strategies of, and Resistances to, Control 125
6 Modernity Via Consumption: Domestic Service and the Making of the Modern Malaysian Middle Classes 165
7 Conclusion 195
Glossary 207
Notes 211
Bibliography 265
Index 289
Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Be the first to write a review
( 0 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star

(0)

4 Star

(0)

3 Star

(0)

2 Star

(0)

1 Star

(0)

Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Noble.com Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & Noble.com that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & Noble.com does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at BN.com or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation

Reminder:

  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & Noble.com and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Noble.com Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & Noble.com reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & Noble.com also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on BN.com. It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

 
Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously

    If you find inappropriate content, please report it to Barnes & Noble
    Why is this product inappropriate?
    Comments (optional)