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Changing gender roles: Bangladeshi male migrant workers in Malaysia

Sarker, Rayhana (2010) Changing gender roles: Bangladeshi male migrant workers in Malaysia. In: The Third International Conference on International Studies (ICIS 2010), 1st-2nd December 2010, Hotel Istana Kuala Lumpur. College of Law, Government and International Studies, Universiti Utara Malaysia. , Sintok, pp. 1-27. ISBN 9789832078456

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This study concerns Bangladeshi male migrant workers in Malaysia and explores how they are adopting and adapting with the changing gender roles in Malaysia and is there any changes of thought regarding household tasks which is extremely regarded as women‟s work in Bangladesh. How do these male migrant workers adjust with this new situation and whether they face any psychological problem to carry out feminine works is the main focus of the study. Total 400 Bangladeshi male migrant workers were interviewed to know their attitudes towards gender roles in the family as well as household tasks at home. Face-to-face interviews have been conducted following a structured questionnaire along with few in-depth case studies. The result shows that: (a) although all respondents are doing their household tasks in Malaysia but most of them are not willing to do the same at home in Bangladesh; (b) male dominance is engraved in their mind which induce them to think that women are less intelligent, less capable…etc. comparing to men; (c) masculine characteristic play an important role in the decision of the choice of job, they have their own definition of masculine job and feminine job; (d) there were attitudinal differences amongst workers working in different sectors on gender roles .

Item Type: Book Section
Additional Information: Jointly organised by Ministry of Higher Education, UUM College of Law, Government & International Studies (UUM COLGIS) and Association of International Studies Malaysia (AIS)
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor
Divisions: College of Law, Government and International Studies
Depositing User: Mrs. Norazmilah Yaakub
Date Deposited: 27 Feb 2011 07:28
Last Modified: 27 Feb 2011 07:28
URI: http://repo.uum.edu.my/id/eprint/2535

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