Follow the Maid: Domestic Worker Migration from Indonesia
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352pp. October 2017
Follow the Maid: Domestic Worker Migration from Indonesia
Author: Killias, Olivia;
Drawing on extended ethnographic research, this fascinating study unveils the workings of the Indonesian migration regime which sends hundreds of thousands of women abroad as domestic workers each year. It follows migrant women from a village in upland Central Java from recruitment by local brokers to the ‘training’ received in secluded camps in Jakarta, employment in gated middle-class homes within Indonesia and in Malaysia and back home again. Olivia Killias tracks the moral, social, economic, and legal processes by which women are turned into ‘maids’. By exploring the Indonesian state's overseas legal labor migration regime, she brings the reader into the nerve-racking lives of migrant village women, and reveals the richness and ambiguity of their experiences, going beyond stereotypical representations of them as ‘victims of trafficking’.

12 maps, illustrations

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Gendering Asia
Distributed for NIAS Press (Nordic Institute of Asian Studies)
Author: Killias, Olivia;
Olivia Killias is a senior lecturer at the Institute of Social Anthropology and Cultural Studies, University of Zurich, and has extended research experience in Indonesia and Malaysia. Her work has focused on the moral economies of migration, domestic worker migration in and from Indonesia, the negotiation of suspicion and surveillance in the Iranian diaspora in Malaysia, and ethnographic film.



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