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Article: Beyond the 'All Seeing Eye': Filipino Migrant Domestic Workers’ Contestation of Care and Control in Hong Kong

TitleBeyond the 'All Seeing Eye': Filipino Migrant Domestic Workers’ Contestation of Care and Control in Hong Kong
Authors
KeywordsCare and control
surveillance
migration
gender
Hong Kong
Issue Date2020
PublisherRoutledge. The Journal's web site is located at http://www.tandf.co.uk/journals/titles/00141844.asp
Citation
Ethnos: journal of anthropology, 2020, v. 85 n. 2, p. 276-292 How to Cite?
AbstractThis paper draws on ethnographic data about Filipino migrant domestic workers’ perceptions of and responses to the use of surveillance cameras in the home to intervene in recent debates about surveillance, care and social control. On the one hand, our participants disclose what we refer to as the gendered ironies of care and control. Digital surveillance practices in the home not only produce tactics for evading control but also reduce the capacity of migrant workers to deliver the best possible care that is ostensibly the basis for the deployment of new forms of watching. On the other hand, the responses we document here speak to critiques of the Foucauldian vision of surveillance derived from the panopticon that are ‘abstract, disembodied and distrustful’. In contrast to the Benthamite reading of God’s all seeing eye, Filipino migrant workers invoke a relational vision which speaks to connectedness, trust and the possibility of mutual concern. While the use of covert surveillance cameras especially was perceived as undermining the trust necessary for care relationships, some respondents used the devices to provoke face to face encounters deemed necessary to re-establish relations of trust.
Persistent Identifierhttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/278271
ISSN
2020 Impact Factor: 1.979
2020 SCImago Journal Rankings: 0.526
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dc.contributor.authorJohnson, M-
dc.contributor.authorLee, M-
dc.contributor.authorMcCahill, M-
dc.contributor.authorMesina, MR-
dc.date.accessioned2019-10-04T08:10:47Z-
dc.date.available2019-10-04T08:10:47Z-
dc.date.issued2020-
dc.identifier.citationEthnos: journal of anthropology, 2020, v. 85 n. 2, p. 276-292-
dc.identifier.issn0014-1844-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/278271-
dc.description.abstractThis paper draws on ethnographic data about Filipino migrant domestic workers’ perceptions of and responses to the use of surveillance cameras in the home to intervene in recent debates about surveillance, care and social control. On the one hand, our participants disclose what we refer to as the gendered ironies of care and control. Digital surveillance practices in the home not only produce tactics for evading control but also reduce the capacity of migrant workers to deliver the best possible care that is ostensibly the basis for the deployment of new forms of watching. On the other hand, the responses we document here speak to critiques of the Foucauldian vision of surveillance derived from the panopticon that are ‘abstract, disembodied and distrustful’. In contrast to the Benthamite reading of God’s all seeing eye, Filipino migrant workers invoke a relational vision which speaks to connectedness, trust and the possibility of mutual concern. While the use of covert surveillance cameras especially was perceived as undermining the trust necessary for care relationships, some respondents used the devices to provoke face to face encounters deemed necessary to re-establish relations of trust.-
dc.languageeng-
dc.publisherRoutledge. The Journal's web site is located at http://www.tandf.co.uk/journals/titles/00141844.asp-
dc.relation.ispartofEthnos: journal of anthropology-
dc.rightsPreprint: This is an Author's Original Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis Group in [JOURNAL TITLE] on [date of publication], available online: http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/[Article DOI]. Postprint: This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis Group in [JOURNAL TITLE] on [date of publication], available online at: http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/[Article DOI].-
dc.subjectCare and control-
dc.subjectsurveillance-
dc.subjectmigration-
dc.subjectgender-
dc.subjectHong Kong-
dc.titleBeyond the 'All Seeing Eye': Filipino Migrant Domestic Workers’ Contestation of Care and Control in Hong Kong-
dc.typeArticle-
dc.identifier.emailLee, M: leesym@hku.hk-
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dc.identifier.doi10.1080/00141844.2018.1545794-
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dc.identifier.hkuros306252-
dc.identifier.volume85-
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dc.identifier.spage276-
dc.identifier.epage292-
dc.identifier.isiWOS:000512641200006-
dc.publisher.placeUnited Kingdom-
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