“Stay in Your Box!”: Migrant Workers and Social Discipline/Distancing in Singapore

 

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10 April 2020 – Jia Ye – Singapore has been hailed as a ‘model’ response to COVID-19, but in recent days its cramped and crowded migrant worker dormitories, were been the site of a surge of cases. In this podcast Jia Ye – Geographer at Nanyang Technical University – tells us about the impossibility of social distancing for workers – who remain in the dorms, in the trucks and on their work sites. She also gives us an insider’s look into Singapore’s state led response, and the unique codes of self-policing and ‘civility’ that hold it in place.

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