Behind Closed Gates: Narratives of Exclusion and Inequality of Male Live-in Domestic Workers in the Gated Communities of Lahore

Authors

  • Dr. Rahla Rahat Assistant Professor, Institute of Social & Cultural Studies, University of the Punjab, Lahore, Punjab, Pakistan
  • Dr. Fouzia Sadaf Assistant Professor, Institute of Social & Cultural Studies, University of the Punjab, Lahore, Punjab, Pakistan
  • Dr. Naveeda Noreen Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology, University of Management & Technology, Lahore, Punjab, Pakistan

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.47205/plhr.2023(7-III)28

Keywords:

Gated Communities, Informal Work, Live-In Domestic Workers, Pakistan, Social Exclusion

Abstract

This qualitative study examines the everyday lived experiences of male live-in domestic workers employed in affluent suburban gated communities in Lahore. Rapid urbanization has led to an increased need for housing, resulting in the emergence of large private suburban housing societies, primarily as gated communities. These affluent residential areas accommodate two separate social groups: homeowners/renters and the working class, including live-in domestic workers. However, there is a lack of equitable power distribution and a disregard for these disparities in the design and management of gated communities. This results in exacerbated disparities, social injustice, and exclusion of the economically disadvantaged working class from public spaces and access to essential resources and services. This leads to multiple challenges for both groups including a high turnover rate. Urban planners must recognize these challenges and establish more equitable neighborhoods.

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Published

2023-09-01

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How to Cite

Rahat, R., Sadaf, F., & Noreen, N. (2023). Behind Closed Gates: Narratives of Exclusion and Inequality of Male Live-in Domestic Workers in the Gated Communities of Lahore. Pakistan Languages and Humanities Review, 7(3), 312–326. https://doi.org/10.47205/plhr.2023(7-III)28