Sunday, January 12, 2014

Dignitary’s Maid Reveals Indignities of Domestic Work - Working In These Times

Source: Working In These Times

A certain romance colors our image of the house servant of yore. In fare from Downton Abbey to Hollywood's The Butler, they're depicted as spectacles of starched traditionalism, deference and obsessive manners, even as they navigate unspoken class and racial faultlines. Though household labor has evolved from its rigid historical forms, a new chapter of the period drama for the era of globalization has emerged in New York's rarefied diplomatic scene, with curious case of Sangeeta Richard, the domestic worker of Indian diplomat Devyani Khobragade.

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