Reluctant Intimacies: Japanese Eldercare in Indonesian Hands

Reluctant Intimacies: Japanese Eldercare in Indonesian Hands

Maria Rosario Piquero-Ballescas of Toyo University reviews Reluctant Intimacies: Japanese Eldercare in Indonesian Hands, by Beata Switek. Beata Switek draws on seventeen months of ethnographic research among Indonesian eldercare workers in Japan and Indonesia. This book is the first ethnography to research Indonesian care workers’ relationships with the cared-for elderly, their Japanese colleagues, and their employers. Through the notion of intimacy, the book brings together sociological and anthropological scholarship on the body, migration, demographic change, and eldercare in a vivid account of societal transformation. Placed against the background of mass media representations, the Indonesian workers’ experiences serve as a basis for discussion of the role of bodily experience in shaping the image of a national “other” in Japan.

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Publication Part Of International Migration Review
Author Names

Book by Beata Switek, Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology
Reviewed by Maria Rosario Piquero-Ballescas, Toyo University

Journal International Migration Review
Date of Publication Winter 2017
Pages Pages e54–e55
DOI 10.1111/imre.12367
Volume 51
Issue Number 4


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