Of Maids and Prostitutes

Johan Lindquist

in Postcolonial Disorders

Published by University of California Press

Published in print February 2008 | ISBN: 9780520252233
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520941021 | DOI:
Of Maids and Prostitutes

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This chapter focuses on the space of migration of the Growth Triangle, particularly Batam Island, at the borderlands between Indonesia and Singapore, discussing displaced narratives of women trapped in the migrant labor markets of these hinterlands who have worked both as maids and prostitutes in search of economic success. It stresses the need to revalorize transnational labor mobility in discussions about economic globalization and transformation, and to acknowledge the moral tensions and contradictions of those who navigate these trajectories through affectively laden spaces of migration in the so-called borderless yet highly restrictive economic hinterlands.

Keywords: migration; women; maids; prostitutes; Growth Triangle; Batam Island; Indonesia; Singapore; labor markets; labor mobility

Chapter.  8766 words. 

Subjects: Medical Anthropology

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