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Document Type

Journal Article

Department/Unit

Department of English Language and Literature

Title

Beyond the reach of ethics and equity? depersonalisation and dehumanisation in foreign domestic helper narratives

Language

English

Abstract

This paper analyses narratives told by foreign domestic helpers (FDHs) in a Hong Kong church shelter. The narratives provide evidence that FDHs appear to be untouched by the ethics and equity of Hong Kong society. They are denied the rights that apply to other groups: the right to eat, rest and talk; they are humiliated and denigrated, and the analyses show that this treatment may affect their self-perception. The paper considers local stereotypes and ideological representations as a possible cause for legitimising the exploitation of FDHs, and it recommends that researchers become engaged in social activism in the attempt to help FDHs rewrite their narratives of repression. © 2013 Copyright Taylor and Francis Group, LLC.

Keywords

depersonalisation and dehumanisation, foreign domestic helpers, moral exclusion, narratives

Publication Date

2013

Source Publication Title

Language and Intercultural Communication

Volume

13

Issue

1

Start Page

44

End Page

59

Publisher

Taylor & Francis

ISSN (print)

14708477

ISSN (electronic)

1747759X

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