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Title: EXPLORING INTERSECTIONALITY: HOMEMAKING EXPERIENCES OF MALAY AND CHINESE WOMEN IN SINGAPORE
Authors: Lim Shing Yee Kelly
Keywords: home, gendered subjectivities, homemaking, meanings, intersectionalities, critical geographies of home
Issue Date: 2016
Citation: Lim Shing Yee Kelly (2016). EXPLORING INTERSECTIONALITY: HOMEMAKING EXPERIENCES OF MALAY AND CHINESE WOMEN IN SINGAPORE. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: Home is a complex and multi-scalar site that is crucial for the constitution of gendered subjectivities and power relations. Femininities and home are co-constituted through everyday homemaking practices, generating various meanings of home. Households in Singapore are ethnically diverse. Women commonly set up a new home upon marriage, if not immediately, then soon after. Concomitantly, the state supports the maintenance of intergenerational ties between married children and their parents across different home spaces. This thesis seeks to uncover how women set up their marital home through material, social and imaginative ways of homemaking, which co-implicate one another. Crucially, it explores how intersectionalities of ethnicity and generation intersect with women’s homemaking experiences. The discussion contributes to critical geographies of home by revealing the interplay of other identities on gender that impact on women’s meanings of home. To provide insights into women’s homemaking, this thesis has adopted semi-structured interviews in home spaces to investigate women’s lived experiences. Situating interviews in the home allows interviewees to relate their feelings/meanings of home to the material dwelling, and vice versa. The design and décor of material dwellings in Malay and Chinese homes are explicated, to reveal how ethnic cultures and generational influences implicate gendered subjectivities in material homemaking practices. In tandem, this thesis also looks at immaterial homemaking practices within the home, paying attention to housework, cooking and kitchen spaces. This thesis concludes by outlining the similarities and differences between Malay and Chinese women in how their homemaking practices intersect with ethnicity/culture and generation, and concomitantly, contribute(s) to their sense of home.
URI: http://scholarbank.nus.edu.sg/handle/10635/144114
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