Migrants for Export How the Philippine State Brokers Labor to the World

ISBN-10: 0816665281
ISBN-13: 9780816665280
Edition: 2010
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List price: $22.50
Copyright year: 2010
Publisher: University of Minnesota Press
Publication date: 3/16/2010
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 208
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.50" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.836
Language: English

Migrant workers from the Philippines are ubiquitous to global capitalism, with nearly 10 percent of the population employed in almost two hundred countries. In a visit to the United States in 2003, Philippine president Gloria Macapagal Arroyo even referred to herself as not only the head of state but also "the CEO of a global Philippine enterprise of eight million Filipinos who live and work abroad."Robyn Magalit Rodriguez investigates how and why the Philippine government transformed itself into what she calls a labor brokerage state, which actively prepares, mobilizes, and regulates its citizens for migrant work abroad. Filipino men and women fill a range of jobs around the globe, including domestic work, construction, and engineering, and they have even worked in the Middle East to support U.S. military operations. At the same time, the state redefines nationalism to normalize its citizens to migration while fostering their ties to the Philippines. Those who leave the country to work and send their wages to their families at home are treated as new national heroes.Drawing on ethnographic research of the Philippine government's migration bureaucracy, interviews, and archival work, Rodriguez presents a new analysis of neoliberal globalization and its consequences for nation-state formation.

Abbreviations
Introduction: Neoliberalism and the Philippine Labor Brokerage State
The Emergence of Labor Brokerage: U.S. Colonial Legacies in the Philippines
A Global Enterprise of Labor: Mobilizing Migrants for Export
Able Minds, Able Hands: Marketing Philippine Workers
New National Heroes: Patriotism and Citizenship Reconfigured
The Philippine Domestic: Gendered Labor, Family, and the Nation-State
Migrant Workers' Rights? Regulating Remittances and Repatriation
Conclusion: The Globalization of the Labor Brokerage State
Acknowledgments
Appendix: Mapping an Ethnography of the State
Notes
Index

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