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Author Chan, Carol, author

Title In sickness and in wealth : migration, gendered morality, and Central Java / Carol Chan
Published Bloomington, Indiana : Indiana University Press, [2018]
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Description 1 online resource (xvi, 215 pages)
Series Framing the global book series
Framing the global book series.
Contents Introduction : faith in migration -- The politics of morality and identity in Central Java -- Mobilizing and moralizing Indonesia -- Evaluating migrant success and failure -- Shame -- Faith -- Contesting the terms of belonging: views of/from elsewhere -- Conclusion : gendered moral economies of migration
Summary "Villagers in Indonesia hear a steady stream of stories about the injuries, abuses, and even deaths suffered by those who migrate in search of work. So why do hundreds of thousands of Indonesian workers continue to migrate every year? Carol Chan explores this question from the perspective of the origin community and provides a fascinating look at how gender, faith, and shame shape these decisions to migrate. Villagers evaluate men and women's migrations differently, leading to different ideas about which kinds of human or financial flows should be encouraged and which should be discouraged or even criminalize. Despite routine and well-documented instances of Indonesian migrant labor exploitation, some villagers still emphasize that a migrant's success or failure ultimately depends on that individual's morality, fate, and destiny. Indonesian villagers construct strategies for avoiding migration-related risks which are closely linked to faith and belief in supernatural agency. These strategies shape the flow of migration from the country and help to ensure the continued faith Indonesian people have in migration as an act of promise and hope"-- Provided by publisher
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes Description based on online resource; title from digital title page (viewed on September 27, 2018)
Subject Foreign workers' families -- Indonesia -- Jawa Tengah -- Attitudes.
Foreign workers, Indonesian.
Indonesians -- Employment -- Foreign countries.
Women foreign workers -- Indonesia.
Form Electronic book
LC no. 2018021015
ISBN 0253037042
0253037050 (electronic book)
9780253037053 (electronic book)