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Title: Foreign Domestic Worker’s Access to Green Spaces: An Environmental Justice Perspective
Authors: Shaikh Fairul Edros Bin Shaikh Ahmad
Keywords: Foreign Domestic Workers, Marginalisation, Environmental Justice, Accessibility
Issue Date: 2017
Citation: Shaikh Fairul Edros Bin Shaikh Ahmad (2017). Foreign Domestic Worker’s Access to Green Spaces: An Environmental Justice Perspective. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: Green spaces are known to provide lots of social, economic and environmental benefits to society. However, environmental justice studies have found that access to green spaces is often unequal, especially towards marginalised and underprivileged groups. This thesis aims to use the lens of environmental justice to study any potential injustices with regards to green spaces in Singapore to a specific marginalised in society – foreign domestic workers (FDWs). The thesis will ask two main questions:What are the FDWs patterns of access to green spaces? And what are their attached meanings of green spaces? These questions were developed to draw out an understanding of possible distributive and recognition injustices that the FDWs may face when accessing green spaces. To answer the research question, interviews were held with a total 18 Indonesian FDWs, over four Sundays. The results of the study show how the FDWs use green spaces and highlight the heterogeneous nature of green space – some great accessibility, while others have some form of exclusion. The FDWs were found to particularly strong attachments to the green space within their weekend enclaves. It is the intent of thesis to allow us to think of green spaces more critically as important space for marginalised groups in Singapore society– especially in the face of development.
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