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dc.titleForeign bodies at work: Good, docile and other-ed
dc.contributor.authorAbdullah, N.
dc.date.accessioned2016-12-13T05:32:09Z
dc.date.available2016-12-13T05:32:09Z
dc.date.issued2005
dc.identifier.citationAbdullah, N. (2005). Foreign bodies at work: Good, docile and other-ed. Asian Journal of Social Science 33 (2) : 223-245. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
dc.identifier.issn15684849
dc.identifier.urihttp://scholarbank.nus.edu.sg/handle/10635/132409
dc.description.abstractThe lived, and oftentimes silenced, experiences of "foreign workers" articulate the negotiation of power relations between "citizen" and "foreigner", and "Us" and "Them". These are translated into discursive practices that, in effect, legitimize and entrench differences - hence, inequalities - that effectively discipline the "foreign worker" as "not one of Us". By taking the example of Bangladeshi construction workers in Singapore as a case study, I argue in this paper that the workspaces of "foreign construction workers" in Singapore typify that of a "total institution", which correspondingly moulds the worker into a discursive ideal - the "good, docile Other". Such impositions and productions of Otherness, however, face rupture as workers (re)negotiate, (re)work, and (re)inscribe their everyday lives through the employment of what James Scott (1985, 1987) terms "everyday 'resistances'" in rising above that which subjugates thm. I will present in this paper primary data elicited and collated from direct participant observation, fieldwork, and in-depth interviews conducted in a construction project in Singapore. © 2005 Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden.
dc.sourceScopus
dc.typeArticle
dc.contributor.departmentSOCIOLOGY
dc.description.sourcetitleAsian Journal of Social Science
dc.description.volume33
dc.description.issue2
dc.description.page223-245
dc.description.codenAJSSA
dc.identifier.isiutNOT_IN_WOS
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