Migrants for Export: How the Philippine State Brokers Labor to the World (Google eBook)

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U of Minnesota Press, 2010 - 194 pages
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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.
  

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

User Review  - Connie Chuang - Goodreads

I read this for an Asian American Studies course. I found it both educational and compelling. Our class discussed how it would be better if the author included the worker's voices and stories and I couldn't agree more. Read full review

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User Review  - Karla - Goodreads

A dry, straightforward read about the Philippines as a labor brokerage nation. An important book, but I wanted to hear more from the workers' perspective. This is an ethnography of the state, so there's no room for that, but a complementary volume of the workers' voices would be fantastic. Read full review

Contents

US Colonial Legacies in the Philippines
1
Mobilizing Migrants for Export
19
Marketing Philippine Workers
50
Patriotism and Citizenship Reconfigured
75
Gendered Labor Family and the NationState
93
6 Migrant Workers Rights? Regulating Remittances and Repatriation
116
The Globalization of the Labor Brokerage State
141
Acknowledgments
156
Mapping an Ethnography of the State
159
Notes
167
Index
185
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About the author (2010)

Robyn Magalit Rodriguez is assistant professor of sociology at Rutgers University.

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