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Title: Mapping English Linguistic Capital: The Case of Filipino Domestic Workers in Singapore
Authors: BEATRIZ PAREDES LORENTE
Keywords: language, linguistic capital, migration, Filipino domestic workers, Singapore, English
Issue Date: 8-Oct-2007
Source: BEATRIZ PAREDES LORENTE (2007-10-08). Mapping English Linguistic Capital: The Case of Filipino Domestic Workers in Singapore. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: This study examines how, as linguistic capital, English is both a resource for and a domain of symbolic struggles in transnational fields, specifically in the case of Filipino domestic workers in Singapore. It analyzes how macro- and micro-level social actors appropriate English and what the effects of these appropriations are. In particular, it describes how, English is appropriated by: (1) the Philippine state in its discourse about the competitiveness of its migrant workers; (2) maid agencies in Singapore, in their script of servitude for Filipino domestic workers; and (3) the Filipino domestic workers in Singapore in how they negotiate the everyday realities of their marginalized position in Singapore society. This study argues that English is embedded in multiple interconnected sites of symbolic struggle and that appropriations of English and their effectiveness in generating uptake are contingent on the space-specific distribution of valuable material and symbolic resources.
URI: http://scholarbank.nus.edu.sg/handle/10635/13320
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