Domestic Workers and Expatriate Employers in New Delhi: ‘Ayahs,’ ‘Maids,’ and ‘Nannies’ in a Globalizing Economy

Domestic Workers and Expatriate Employers in New Delhi: ‘Ayahs,’ ‘Maids,’ and ‘Nannies’ in a Globalizing Economy
Tuesday, 29 January 2013 Add to Calendar 2013-01-29 10:15:00 2013-01-29 12:30:00 Asia/Kolkata Domestic Workers and Expatriate Employers in New Delhi: ‘Ayahs,’ ‘Maids,’ and ‘Nannies’ in a Globalizing Economy As part of our Urban Workshop Series, the Centre for Policy Research (CPR) and Centre de Sciences Humaines (CSH), Delhi are delighted to invite you to a Workshop on Domestic Workers and Expatriate Employers in New Delhi: ‘Ayahs,’ ‘Maids,’ and ‘Nannies’ in a Globalizing Economy by Shalini Grover. ---------------------------- In the 21st century large numbers of women across the world are entering domestic service jobs. This paper probes aspects of domestic change and emerging labour market that have hitherto been unexamined in the Indian metropolitan context. It studies the burgeoning expatriate community in New Delhi and their labour relations with English-speaking local domestics. Currently there is very little anthropological research on the domestic practices of expatriates in India.  Yet with the outgrowth of globalization, mega cities such as Delhi, Gurgaon, Mumbai, Bangalore, and Hyderabad have attracted numerous expatriates seeking new professional opportunities leaving behind economies that are in recession. While theoretical insights on migrants moving from developing nations to Western industrialized ones are in abundance, far less attention has been attuned to privileged Europeans and Americans who relocate internationally for professional or personal reasons. An underlying leitmotif of this talk is to bring the domestic worker-expatriate employer relationship into critical scrutiny, so we can comprehend the contemporary recruitment strategies of foreign nationals and how skilled domestics are shaping the reproductive sphere. The voices, perspectives, and experiences of female domestics, particularly how they frame their subjectivities as domestic workers form a central focus. Shalini Grover currently holds a senior research fellowship in Social Anthropology at the Institute of Economic Growth, Delhi.  She has published widely on shifting ideas and practices of marriage, love, and intimacy in urban India. Her most recent publication is Marriage, Love, Caste, and Kinship Support: Lived Experiences of the Urban Poor in India, Delhi: Social Science Press. She received her PhD. From the department of Anthropology, University of Sussex and has a BA from Delhi University and Cambridge University and an MA from the London School of Economics. --------------------- This is the thirty sixth in a series of Urban Workshops planned by the Centre de Sciences Humaines (CSH), New Delhi and Centre for Policy Research (CPR). These workshops seek to provoke public discussion on issues relating to the development of the city and try to address all its facets including its administration, culture, economy, society, and politics. For further information, please contact: Marie-Hélène Zerah at marie-helene.zerah@ird.fr or Partha Mukhopadhyay at partha@cprindia.org
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As part of our Urban Workshop Series, the Centre for Policy Research (CPR) and Centre de Sciences Humaines (CSH), Delhi are delighted to invite you to a Workshop on Domestic Workers and Expatriate Employers in New Delhi: ‘Ayahs,’ ‘Maids,’ and ‘Nannies’ in a Globalizing Economy by Shalini Grover.

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In the 21st century large numbers of women across the world are entering domestic service jobs. This paper probes aspects of domestic change and emerging labour market that have hitherto been unexamined in the Indian metropolitan context. It studies the burgeoning expatriate community in New Delhi and their labour relations with English-speaking local domestics. Currently there is very little anthropological research on the domestic practices of expatriates in India.  Yet with the outgrowth of globalization, mega cities such as Delhi, Gurgaon, Mumbai, Bangalore, and Hyderabad have attracted numerous expatriates seeking new professional opportunities leaving behind economies that are in recession. While theoretical insights on migrants moving from developing nations to Western industrialized ones are in abundance, far less attention has been attuned to privileged Europeans and Americans who relocate internationally for professional or personal reasons. An underlying leitmotif of this talk is to bring the domestic worker-expatriate employer relationship into critical scrutiny, so we can comprehend the contemporary recruitment strategies of foreign nationals and how skilled domestics are shaping the reproductive sphere. The voices, perspectives, and experiences of female domestics, particularly how they frame their subjectivities as domestic workers form a central focus.

Shalini Grover currently holds a senior research fellowship in Social Anthropology at the Institute of Economic Growth, Delhi.  She has published widely on shifting ideas and practices of marriage, love, and intimacy in urban India. Her most recent publication is Marriage, Love, Caste, and Kinship Support: Lived Experiences of the Urban Poor in India, Delhi: Social Science Press. She received her PhD. From the department of Anthropology, University of Sussex and has a BA from Delhi University and Cambridge University and an MA from the London School of Economics.

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This is the thirty sixth in a series of Urban Workshops planned by the Centre de Sciences Humaines (CSH), New Delhi and Centre for Policy Research (CPR). These workshops seek to provoke public discussion on issues relating to the development of the city and try to address all its facets including its administration, culture, economy, society, and politics. For further information, please contact: Marie-Hélène Zerah at marie-helene.zerah@ird.fr or Partha Mukhopadhyay at partha@cprindia.org