Les expatrié·e·s face à leurs employé·e·s domestiques à Pondichéry (Inde). Entre maternalisme, libéralisme, racisme et solidarité

Translated title of the contribution: Expatriates vis-a-vis their domestic workers in Pondicherry (India). : Between maternalism, liberalism, racism and solidarity

Priscilla Claeys, Audrey Richard Ferroudji

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Abstract

This article explores the positioning of expatriate employers vis-à-vis their domestic workers. It is based on 28 semi-structured interviews and has an auto-ethnographic component. It characterizes the expatriates’ experiences in different situations: finding themselves in a dominant social position and becoming employers; living with full-time staff in a foreign country; fitting into hierarchical relationships; and being confronted to their employees’ poverty and “misfortunes.” While maternalism predominates, the positioning of expatriate employers is constructed by combining it with liberal, racist, and solidarity models.
Translated title of the contributionExpatriates vis-a-vis their domestic workers in Pondicherry (India). : Between maternalism, liberalism, racism and solidarity
Original languageFrench
Pages (from-to)121-149
Number of pages29
JournalRevue internationale d'etudes du développement
Volume2
Issue number246
Publication statusPublished - 15 Sept 2021

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Keywords

  • Domestic Workers
  • Expatriates
  • maternalism
  • racism

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