Browsing International Relations by Author "von der Borch, Rosslyn Marie"
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ItemEating together: navigating commensality in expatriate households employing migrant domestic workers in Singapore(Australian National University, 2009) von der Borch, Rosslyn MarieIn this paper the author explores the issue of how meals are eaten in expatriate households in Singapore, where live-in migrant domestic workers are employed. This is an issue that is both practical and richly symbolic. It is argued that commensality (or its absence) is a key point through which many of the features of the migrant domestic worker-employer relationship can be read: privilege and exclusion, shame, ambivalence, othering, gender and power.