Upcoming Master Class
Rhacel Salazar Parrenas
(University of Southern California)
"Mobilising morality: Migrant domestic workers in Dubai"
21 March 2017, 15:00-17:00
Villa Schifanoia, Sala Triaria
This Master Class with Professor Rhacel Salazar Parrenas (University of Southern California) describes labour conditions in Dubai using 85 in-depth interviews with Filipino domestic workers.
While the talk calls attention to the indenture and absence of labour protection for domestic workers, it establishes and describes their labour conditions as falling under three prevailing cultural patterns: a) dehumanisation; b) infantilisation; c) recognition.
The analysis of Professor Parrenas invites for caution in labellinig all domestic workers in Dubai as nothing-but-abuse-victims, consider the kafala (sponsorship) system as a form of "structural violence".
Rhacel Parrenas suggests a more critical understanding of how market activities can be intertwined with moral justifications challenging and shaping the structures of domination even if they do not subvert them.
Download the following readings in PDF in preparations for the master class:
1. What Is Human Trafficking? A Review Essay
2. The indentured mobility of migrant hostesses
3. Domestic workers refusing neo-slavery in the UAE
4. Servants if globalization. Preface