Women Workers, Migration and Family in Sarawak

Women Workers, Migration and Family in Sarawak

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In many parts of South-East Asia, women's lifestyles are going through enormous changes as women move from traditional rural, agricultural lifestyles to modern, urban lifestyles, which often involve migration to cities, taking on paid work, and having a quite different relationship with their families. This book, based on intensive research among the women of the Bidayuh people in Sarawak, all of them first generation migrant wage workers, explores the extent to which women's lifestyles are changing, and the reasons which prompt women to make the changes. How far are such women driven by economic considerations, how far by dissatisfaction with traditional lifestyles, and how far by the appeal of a glamorous urban lifestyle? The author's research includes detailed interviews in the field, and much of this interview material is included in the book, thereby enabling the Bidayuh women to tell their own stories as they grapple with the rapid changes swirling around them.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 192 pages
  • 178 x 254mm | 362g
  • Taylor & Francis Ltd
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1138862878
  • 9781138862876

About Cheng Sim Hew

HEW Cheng Sim teaches in the Faculty of Social Sciences, Universtiy of Malaysia, Sarawak.show more

Table of contents

List of IllustrationsList of TablesPrefaceChapter 1. IntroductionChapter 2. A Methodological DiscussionChapter 3. Doing Fieldwork at HomeChapter 4. The Socio-Economic Context of ChangeChapter 5. To Market, To Market: Rural-Urban Migration and Becoming ModernChapter 6. Overqualified and Underpaid: Wage Work in the Personal Services SectorChapter 7. Sex and Salaries: Single Women Migrants in the CityChapter 8. Marriage, Money and Men: Working Mothers and their HouseholdsChapter 9. The Hand that Rocks the Cradle Leaves Wage Work: Bidayuh HousewivesChapter 10. Holding their Own: Four Women and their StoriesChapter 11. ConclusionNotesBibliographyIndexshow more