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

Migrants for Export How the Philippine State Brokers Labor to the World Migrant workers from the Philippines are ubiquitous to global capitalism with nearly percent of the population employed in almost two hundred countries In a visit to the United States in Phi

  • Title: Migrants for Export: How the Philippine State Brokers Labor to the World
  • Author: Robyn Magalit Rodriguez
  • ISBN: 9780816665273
  • Page: 290
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Migrants for Export: How the Philippine State Brokers Labor to the World

    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 FilipinoMigrant 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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    One thought on “Migrants for Export: How the Philippine State Brokers Labor to the World

    1. Jo

      I was really glad I read this book. It is quite academic in style, it reads a bit like a PhD thesis, but I think that is how it started. Because of my current context living in Singapore, the whole thing was really interesting for me, I couldn't put the book down. It filled in a shameful gap in my awareness - I had no idea how ignorant I was! I thought people from the Philippines migrated for work overseas as a personal initiative, arising from poverty and desperate prospects in their own countr [...]

    2. Karla

      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.

    3. Connie Chuang

      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.

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