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Song Flies Home

Geraldine Pratt

in Working Feminism

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print March 2004 | ISBN: 9780748615698
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748671243 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3366/edinburgh/9780748615698.003.0008
Song Flies Home

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This chapter asks how western researchers might do other than recycle orientalist representations of ‘third world women’. It is an experiment in performative writing that considers two kinds of narratives: conventional oral testimony of individual domestic workers and a more playful transcript of role-playing among Filipina domestic workers. The chapter raises questions about what counts as empirical evidence, the attractions of victim narratives, and social scientific distrust of stereotypes, humour and play. It asks that researchers envision the space of research as a more varied space, not only as a space of authentic testimony and confession but as a more riotous theatre for transgression in which we create spaces from which to speak and perform the unspeakable.

Keywords: Performance; play; representation; role-playing; stereotypes; storytelling; Filipino migrant domestic workers

Chapter.  7730 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Sociology

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