by Antoinette Vlieger (Author)

This book explores the conflicts faced by the worker far from home, having signed a contract written in a foreign language, her passport held by her employer, and with limited power to be a witness in court.

This book is a new socio-legal study of pressing questions of human rights, contractual consent, transnational markets, and social policy:

Which factors influence the emergence and character of conflicts in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates between domestic workers and their employers, the social and legal norms to which both parties refer, and the related imbalance of power?

In what way and to what extent do domestic workers and their employers refer to Islamic, customary, contractual, and formal legal norms?

Do conflicts concern disagreement over norms, or disputes regarding behavior contrary to the norms upon which both parties agree?

Which factors influence the norms to which both parties in conflicts refer?

Which party is able to enforce its own norms or to act contrary to norms on which both parties agree, and which factors influence the balance of power?

Vlieger explores such questions by using a grounded-theory methodology of extensive field research and revealing interviews with workers, employers, employment agencies, human rights organizations, and governmental officials. This is an insightful look into another world—supported with scholarly research, but accessible and interesting to the general reader, as well as to academics and human rights activists.

Part of the new Human Rights and Culture Series from Quid Pro Books.