Soliciting Social Support from Migrant Domestic Workers’ Connections to Storytelling Networks during a Public Health Crisis

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Original languageEnglish
Number of pages11
Journal / PublicationHealth Communication
Online published7 Nov 2021
Publication statusOnline published - 7 Nov 2021

Abstract

Guided by communication infrastructure theory and social support theory, this study scrutinizes how the storytelling networks of marginalized communities, particularly migrant domestic workers (MDWs), provided social support amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Data obtained from in-depth interviews with 32 Indonesian MDWs in Hong Kong revealed that the community storytelling networks, comprising interpersonal relationships, community organizations, and media outlets, played an essential role in assisting the coping efforts of MDWs during the pandemic. These storytelling networks offered various types of social support, including informational, emotional, and instrumental or tangible assistance. However, these connections to the storytelling networks were also sources of the spread of misinformation. Theoretical and practical implications are further discussed.