Published In

Ethnology: An International Journal of Cultural and Social Anthropology

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

Spring 2004

Subjects

Fetishism, Women -- Middle East

Abstract

New labor opportunities have drawn Sri Lankan women to work as domestic servants in the Middle East. Many migrants complain that their remittances "burn like oil," disappearing without a trace. The gendered discourse on burning remittances both draws on and contradicts an older cultural system that fetishizes money. The emerging logic provides symbolic resources for women to spend their remittances on advancements for the nuclear family, distancing themselves from other kin. (Migration, remittances, fetishism, Sri Lanka, Middle East)

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This is the publisher's final PDF. Copyright 2004 The University of Pittsburgh. Originally published in Ethnology: An International Journal of Cultural and Social Anthropology (http://www.pitt.edu/~ethnolog/)

Persistent Identifier

http://archives.pdx.edu/ds/psu/10344

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