Migrants for Export
How the Philippine State Brokers Labor to the World
Publication Year: 2010
Published by: University of Minnesota Press
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Title Page, Copyright
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Introduction: Neoliberalism and the Philippine Labor Brokerage State
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Not only am I the head of state responsible for a nation of 80 million people.I’m also the CEO of a global Philippine enterprise of 8 million Filipinos wholive and work abroad and generate billions of dollars a year in revenue forDuring a state visit to the United States in 2003, Philippine Presidentpeople to hire Philippine workers to fill their employment needs in...
1. The Emergence of Labor Brokerage: U.S. Colonial Legacies in the Philippines
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At Manila’s Ninoy Aquino International Airport outbound airplanesto Seoul, Rome, Kuala Lumpur, Doha, and Sydney depart daily filledwith thousands of migrant workers, men and women, young and old.The taxis or colorful jeepneys1 that make their way to the airport andthroughout the streets of Metro Manila are decorated with the names...
2. A Global Enterprise of Labor: Mobilizing Migrants for Export
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Philippine migrant workers are practically everywhere. Wherever Ihave traveled, internationally and within the United States, I alwaysof an international Philippine studies conference, I came across aFilipina caregiver walking with a young Spanish child. Interestinglyenough, it was during a tour of the stomping grounds of Philippine...
3. Able Minds, Able Hands: Marketing Philippine Workers
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Photographs depicting Philippine workers employed as professionals,tion workers, hotel workers, and seafarers are scattered throughouta glossy brochure entitled “Filipino Workers: Moving the Worldthe brochure, meant for distribution to prospective employers andhost governments, describes the unique characteristics Philippine...
4. New National Heroes: Patriotism and Citizenship Reconfigured
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The week of the signing of the Migrant Workers and Overseas Fili-pinos Act of 1995, or Republic Act 8042 (RA8042), was officiallydeclared “Migrant Heroes Week” by the Philippine government. Allthe Philippines’ migration agencies mark the signing of RA8042 withcommemorative activities every June to showcase the expanded sup-...
5. The Philippine Domestic: Gendered Labor, Family, and the Nation-State
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...to death in 1995 by the Singaporean government for allegedly mur-dering a fellow Filipina domestic worker and the child in her care,thousands of Filipinos in the Philippines and around the world ralliedto demand that the Philippine state stop her impending execution.Protesters believed Contemplacion had been falsely accused. Many...
6. Migrant Workers’ Rights? Regulating Remittances and Repatriation
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...employed at sister garment factories producing clothing for U.S.retailers such as the Gap and Old Navy went on a wildcat strike.They demanded higher wages as well as fair compensation for theirpiece-rate and overtime work. Though the strike involved Philippineworkers, it did not take place in any of the Philippines’ export-...
Conclusion: The Globalization of the Labor Brokerage State
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...citizens from the Philippines have come to be the most globalizedquestion lies in the emergence of the Philippine state as a laborin the Philippines desire employment abroad, and sometimes theirconsideration, the task of Migrants for Export is to dissect the Philip-pine state’s migration apparatus. As much as people make the final...
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The beginnings of this book can be traced to Union City, Califor-Reuben, and I to smell the aroma of chicken adobo and to hear ani-This experience growing up ultimately led to the core questions thatthis book addresses: how and why Philippine (im)migrants come tofind themselves on nearly every continent on the planet. My fam-...
Appendix: Mapping an Ethnography of the State
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About the Author
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Page Count: 208
Publication Year: 2010