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dc.contributor.authorElias, Juanitaen_US
dc.date.accessioned2017-05-03T15:48:56Z
dc.date.available2017-05-03T15:48:56Z
dc.date.issued2008en_US
dc.date.modified2012-02-10T02:05:07Z
dc.identifier.issn03085147en_US
dc.identifier.doi10.1080/03085140801933330en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10072/33065
dc.description.abstractThis article considers the possibilities and limitations that the employment of human rights discourse poses for organizations in Malaysia involved in migrant domestic worker issues. Because domestic employment is such an overwhelmingly feminized occupation, one logical avenue of enquiry is to analyse these organizations' adoption of 'rights talk' from a critical feminist perspective. The case-study research presented in this article suggests that activist groups are keen to adopt the language of human rights and make reference to international human rights standards in their work. The questions that frame this paper, therefore, are: to what extent does the engagement with the language of human rights by the activist groups challenge mainstream discourses of human rights that tend to exclude marginalized groups of women? And, when we make migrant domestic workers the subject of human rights claims, what then are the implications for human rights practice? It is suggested that the activities of activist organizations can play a role in destabilizing universalistic notions of human rights. Specifically, I highlight the ways in which campaigns to protect the rights of migrant domestic workers contain implicit critiques of both the public/private divide upon which mainstream human rights standards have been developed and the problematic relationship between rights and citizenship.en_US
dc.description.peerreviewedYesen_US
dc.description.publicationstatusYesen_US
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dc.languageEnglishen_US
dc.language.isoen_US
dc.publisherRoutledgeen_US
dc.publisher.placeUnited Kingdomen_US
dc.relation.ispartofstudentpublicationNen_US
dc.relation.ispartofpagefrom282en_US
dc.relation.ispartofpageto303en_US
dc.relation.ispartofissue2en_US
dc.relation.ispartofjournalEconomy and Societyen_US
dc.relation.ispartofvolume37en_US
dc.rights.retentionYen_US
dc.subject.fieldofresearchGovernment and Politics of Asia and the Pacificen_US
dc.subject.fieldofresearchcode160606en_US
dc.titleStruggles over the Rights of Foreign Domestic Workers in Malaysia: The possibilities and limitations of “rights talk"en_US
dc.typeJournal articleen_US
dc.type.descriptionC1 - Peer Reviewed (HERDC)en_US
dc.type.codeC - Journal Articlesen_US
gro.rights.copyrightCopyright 2008 Routledge. This is an electronic version of an article published in Economy and Society, Vol. 37(2), 2008, pp. 282-303. Economy and Society is available online at: http://www.informaworld.com with the open URL of your article.en_US
gro.date.issued2008
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