Scripts of Servitude Language, Labor Migration and Transnational Domestic Work Author: Beatriz P. Lorente

Format:
Ebook(PDF) - 192 pages
Related Formats:
Paperback Hardback EPUB
ISBN:
9781783099009
Published:
31 Oct 2017
Publisher:
Multilingual Matters
Dimensions:
210 x 148
Availability:
Forthcoming

Summary

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.

Review:

This is simply one of the most profound and revealing studies in language, globalization and social issues I have ever read. The author and the women with whom she worked become one in this textbook example of contemporary sociolinguistic ethnography, and the issue of what counts as English in the world, and how it counts, has rarely been more delicately illustrated than in this book.

- Jan Blommaert, Tilburg University, The Netherlands

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.

- Cécile B. Vigouroux, Simon Fraser University, Canada

Author Biography:

Beatriz P. Lorente is a Lecturer in the Department of English at the University of Bern and a Postdoctoral Researcher in the Institute of Multilingualism at the University of Fribourg and the University of Teacher Education Fribourg. 

Readership Level:

Postgraduate, Research / Professional


Table of Contents

View PDF Table of Contents



Book Preview