Negotiating identities : constructed selves and others by Helen Vella Bonavita

By Helen Vella Bonavita

The papers inside this quantity articulate the demanding situations perceived via anyone or a rustic whilst its experience of self is faced through the overseas, the threatening. Migration, exile, and invasion all problem the person or the state to redefine itself and thereby write and rewrite the concept that of non-public and nationwide id. This interdisciplinary selection of papers, released for the 1st time, offer a stimulating and sundry set of insights into the continued dialog that maps identification

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Don’t know what’s going to happen. Another one [that would do this] is usually Indonesians. Audrey Verma 31 ______________________________________________________________ Another common accusation is that FDWs use substances imbued with black magic powers. These substances may be used in the preparation of food, or scattered around the house. ND, who recounted the earlier story about her cousin’s maid, also told me of the experience her fiancée’s mother had: A: ND: A: ND: A: ND: Do you believe when people say that maids use magic?

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There are three main types of sorcery that foreign domestic workers in Singapore are accused of using in an effort to covertly manipulate local employers – a) the harbouring of demons, b) the use of binding spells or charms, and c) the use of substances imbued with dark mystical power. There has been little critical examination of such accusations of sorcery against FDWs, even though these have been known to have drastic social and legal consequences. It is thus necessary to deconstruct the rumours in order to shed light on the nature and consequence of the social tension and conflicts of power between employers and FDWs, who may be best understood as the most threatening type of alien, the stranger in the home.

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