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NCJ Number: 200631 Find in a Library
Title: What the Papers Say: Representing Violence Against Overseas Contract Workers
Journal: Violence Against Women  Volume:9  Issue:6  Dated:June 2003  Pages:698-722
Author(s): Anne-Marie Hilsdon
Editor(s): Claire M. Renzetti
Date Published: June 2003
Page Count: 25
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This article uses three media representations of a 1991case of a Filipino domestic worker in Singapore sentenced to death for the supposed murder of a young boy to show how violence against overseas domestic workers is understood transnationally.
Abstract: In 1995, a Filipino domestic worker named When Flor Contemplacion, was arrested, tried, and executed in Singapore for the murder of a young boy. In this article, negotiation of gender discourse in media meanings of violence with respect to the Contemplacion case is adopted which in turn brings a different approach to both media and cultural analysis of the case itself, contributing to the substance of media analyses of gender and violence. This article attempts to show how the media and nationalist discourses are inextricably interwoven and felt politically in the lives of Contemplacion, the victim, family and friends, and other overseas domestic contract workers in Singapore and their employers, and media audiences. Three Singapore press articles provided the starting point of a semiotic analysis, with their totally different versions of the case, which then broadened into a cultural critique of the violence by mapping the relationship between women, citizenship, and the state. In each step of analysis, gender, ethnicity, and class were found to be intertwined. Notes, references
Main Term(s): Female offenders
Index Term(s): Female murderers; Females; Gender issues; Media coverage; Murder; Murderers; Singapore; Violence
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