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Title: Negotiating Mental Health During the COVID-19 Pandemic: Performing Migrant Domestic Work in Contentious Conditions
Authors: Kaur-Gill, Satveer 
Qin-Liang, Yeo
Hassan, Samira
Keywords: (im)mobile migrants
COVID-19 pandemic
culture-centered approach
labor precarity
mental health
migrant domestic workers
Issue Date: 23-Mar-2021
Publisher: SAGE Publications Inc.
Citation: Kaur-Gill, Satveer, Qin-Liang, Yeo, Hassan, Samira (2021-03-23). Negotiating Mental Health During the COVID-19 Pandemic: Performing Migrant Domestic Work in Contentious Conditions. American Behavioral Scientist 65 (10) : 1406-1425. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Rights: Attribution 4.0 International
Abstract: Migrant domestic work is performed in precariously (im)mobile working conditions that mark the subaltern body in a state of constant lived experience with and in strife. In Singapore, the structural context of hire amplifies conditions of servitude, indebtedness, and subalternity that have implications for mental health. This study documents mental health narratives by migrant domestic workers during the COVID-19 pandemic, registering how mental health is negotiated amid dissension in the performance of precarious labor. While functional employment structures enabled and empowered well-being, dysfunctional structures disrupted mental health meanings, creating layers of constant contention for domestic workers to broker, limiting opportunities for mental health and well-being. Narratives gathered indicate systemic mental health precarities tied to workplace dysfunctions. © 2021 SAGE Publications.
Source Title: American Behavioral Scientist
ISSN: 0002-7642
DOI: 10.1177/00027642211000394
Rights: Attribution 4.0 International
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