Journal article

Precarities of migrant work in Singapore: migration, (im)mobility, and neoliberal governmentality

Journal
Economic mobility Migrants Construction industry Labour market Asia Singapore
Description

Building on this dialectical relationship between mobility and materiality, and drawing on our collaborations with foreign domestic workers (FDWs) and migrant construction workers (MCWs) in Singapore in co-creating communication infrastructures, we theorise resistance as mobilities in Asia. Technologies of mediation, as markers of mobility in Asian neoliberal marketing campaigns and academic celebrations of the Asian century, strategically erase the possibilities for labor organising and collective bargaining through which migrant workers in precarious jobs can secure access to fundamental economic rights and basic working conditions. Paradoxically, then, drawing upon our ethnographic collaborations with FDWs and MCWs in Singapore, we attend to the interplays of the symbolic and the material that are reproduced through artifacts of mobility or immobility, offering Asian resistance as a mobile trope.

Publication Details
Peer Reviewed:
Yes
Volume:
12
License type:
CC BY-NC-ND
Pagination:
1-19