Everyday Conversions: Islam, Domestic Work, and South Asian Migrant Women in Kuwait
This chapter examines how South Asian domestic workers’ experiences of migration in the Gulf are characterized by “suspension”—of their being a part of, yet apart from, their “work households” in the Gulf and their “family households” in South Asia. This chapter discusses how domestic workers’ experiences of suspension are produced through a number of macro- and microlevel socioeconomic processes that tether workers to household spaces. These migrant women are subject to a number of everyday forms of interrelation, disciplining, and governance that produce and consolidate their role as dual agents of reproduction. As the chapter further explores, these processes also...