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  The temporal borders of transnational belonging: Aging migrant domestic workers in Singapore

Amrith, M. (2022). The temporal borders of transnational belonging: Aging migrant domestic workers in Singapore. American Behavioral Scientist. doi:10.1177/00027642221075258.

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Amrith, Megha1, Author              
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1Research Group Ageing in a Time of Mobility, MPI for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity, Max Planck Society, ou_2541692              

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Free keywords: migration, aging, domestic workers, temporality, belonging, borders
 Abstract: Amidst public debate about the need for migrant domestic workers to assist with eldercare in Asia, we hear little about the futures of the workers themselves. This paper focuses on low-wage migrant domestic workers of different nationalities who have spent decades in Singapore, and how they imagine, prepare for, or avoid discussion of their aging futures. Singapore’s immigration regime enforces mandatory retirement and return migration when domestic workers reach 60 years old. These impending displacements evoke mixed emotions as migrant women re-evaluate questions of care, home, and the relationships they have developed with employers, kin back home, and communities abroad. In this paper, I explore how temporal borders operate alongside spatial borders to shape migrant women’s futures, illuminating uneven intersections between citizenship, gender, and care over the lifecourse. I further trace how the women navigate, ignore, push back, and bridge the anticipated ruptures of temporal borders.

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Language(s): eng - English
 Dates: 2022-02-25
 Publication Status: Published online
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 Rev. Type: Peer
 Identifiers: DOI: 10.1177/00027642221075258
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