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Title: Romancing resistance and resisting romance : ethnography and the construction of power in the Filipina domestic worker community in Hong Kong
Authors: Groves, Julian M.
Chang, Kimberly A.
Keywords: Ethnography
Domestic workers
Everyday resistance
Issue Date: 29-Aug-1997
Series/Report no.: Working Papers in the Social Sciences ; no. 28
Abstract: Ethnographic writing in sociology and anthropology emphasizes everyday strategies of resistance among disempowered individuals over their submission in relations of power. Rather than asking whether disempowered individuals resist or submit to their situation, this paper examines how tales of resistance and submission get written. Both authors studied a community of migrant Filipina domestic workers in Hong Kong. Yet each came up with a contradictory tale: one of empowerment, and one of control. Reflecting upon the relationships that each author had in the field, this paper argues that resistance and control do not exist outside the power relationships that ethnographers form in the field.
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