Scripts of servitude: language, labor migration and transnational domestic work

Lorente, Beatriz (2018). Scripts of servitude: language, labor migration and transnational domestic work. Critical language and literacy studies: Vol. 24. Bristol: Multilingual Matters

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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, this 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.

Item Type:

Book (Monograph)

Division/Institute:

06 Faculty of Humanities > Department of Linguistics and Literary Studies > Institute of English Languages and Literatures
06 Faculty of Humanities > Department of Linguistics and Literary Studies > Institute of English Languages and Literatures > Modern English Linguistics

UniBE Contributor:

Lorente, Beatriz

Subjects:

800 Literature, rhetoric & criticism > 820 English & Old English literatures
400 Language > 420 English & Old English languages
400 Language > 410 Linguistics

ISBN:

978-1-78309-899-6

Series:

Critical language and literacy studies

Publisher:

Multilingual Matters

Language:

English

Submitter:

Beatriz Lorente

Date Deposited:

11 Apr 2018 16:28

Last Modified:

11 Apr 2018 16:28

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/107754

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