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Title: The Negotiation of Motherhood amongst Malay Working Women
Keywords: motherhood, Malay families, work-life balance, class differences, family and culture
Issue Date: 12-Aug-2011
Citation: NUR HAFIZAH BTE RAFIE (2011-08-12). The Negotiation of Motherhood amongst Malay Working Women. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: This research aims to shed light on how Malay working women with children shoulder home and familial responsibilities while negotiating identities and practices as workers and mothers in everyday life. I examine and discuss the ways that motherhood has been constructed as meaningful in the everyday life of working women from different income groups, and how they practise their mothering. Forty in-depth interviews were carried out with working mothers from different income groups. The Malays in Singapore may face particular problems because there is a large part of the community who have not received university education, and they are disproportionately represented in low-paying jobs. Thus, if women are working long hours as well as doing the housework, they may be finding it harder to have quality time with their children. Cultural and religious factors also influence how women see their roles as mothers. This study offers fresh insights into how working Malay women juggle their roles, showing how the notion of being a good Muslim mother may be intertwined with how they practise their mothering. The study also pays close attention to class differences in the structural constraints faced by women, the means available to them to help them cope with the joint demands of work and childrearing, and the styles of mothering adopted. Malay working women?s experiences are shown to be in some ways similar to those of women of other ethnicities, and in others rather distinct. The study thus makes a new contribution to sociological inquiry by illuminating the interconnections between gender, cultural, class and historical differences which entangle the category of woman as a singular form.
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