Annotation: Rafael, Vince. 2009. Your Grief is our Gossip

Rafael, Vince. 2009. Your Grief is our Gossip: Overseas Filipinos and Other Spectral Presences. In, White Love and Other Events in Filipino History: Quezon City: Ateneo de Manila University Press. Rafael “inquire(s) into nationalist attempts at containing the dislocating effects of global capital through the collective mourning of its victims” (204). He argues that this … Continue reading Annotation: Rafael, Vince. 2009. Your Grief is our Gossip

Annotation: Cheah, Pheng. 2010. Biopower and the New International Division of Reproductive Labor.

  Cheah, Pheng. 2010. Biopower and the New International Division of Reproductive Labor. In, Can the Subaltern Speak? Reflections on the History of an Idea. Pp. 179-212. Rosalind Morris (ed.) New York: Columbia University Press.   Cheah reopens Spivak's critique of Foucault by treating Foucauldian biopower as operating in the “new international division of power” … Continue reading Annotation: Cheah, Pheng. 2010. Biopower and the New International Division of Reproductive Labor.

Annotation: Tadiar, Neferti. 2009. Things Fall Away: Philippine Historical Experience and the Makings of Globalization.

Tadiar, Neferti. 2009. Things Fall Away: Philippine Historical Experience and the Makings of Globalization. Durham : Duke University Press. Tadiar “develops a theory and method of reading experience as living labor,” which she hopes will aid the “collective efforts to come to a new understanding of politics in the contemporary global moment” (4). Living labor … Continue reading Annotation: Tadiar, Neferti. 2009. Things Fall Away: Philippine Historical Experience and the Makings of Globalization.

Cannell, Fenella. 1999. Power and Intimacy in the Christian Philippines.

Cannell, Fenella. 1999. Power and Intimacy in the Christian Philippines. 
New York: Cambridge University Press, 1999. This is an ethnography of a town situated in the lowlands of Bicol region, the region which at the time of Cannell’s research in 1988-89 was the “poorest in the nation” (1). Cannell focuses her study on the poorest … Continue reading Cannell, Fenella. 1999. Power and Intimacy in the Christian Philippines.

Annotation: Manalansan, Martin F. 2003. Global Divas.

Manalansan, Martin F. 2003. Global Divas: Filipino Gay Men in the Diaspora. Durham: Duke University Press. The book fills a gap in the literature on globalization and transnationalism through an ethnography of Filipino gay (bakla) immigrants in New York, and the processes of identity formation in their everyday life. Manalansan discusses: the permeable boundaries of … Continue reading Annotation: Manalansan, Martin F. 2003. Global Divas.

Annotation: Espiritu, Yen Le. 2003. Homebound: Filipino American Lives Across Cultures, Communities, and Countries.

Espiritu, Yen Le. 2003. Homebound: Filipino American Lives Across Cultures, Communities, and Countries. Berkeley: University of California Press. The book's focus is on homemaking – the “processes by which diverse subjects imagine and make themselves at home in various geographic locations” (2). Using a “critical transnational perspective,” Espiritu first situates the migration of Filipinos to … Continue reading Annotation: Espiritu, Yen Le. 2003. Homebound: Filipino American Lives Across Cultures, Communities, and Countries.

Annotation: Pratt, Geraldine. 2012. Families Apart

Pratt, Geraldine. 2012. Families Apart: Migrant Mothers and the Conflicts of Labor and Love. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press. Based on long-term activist research with the Philippine Women Center-BC, the book follows a feminist and postcolonial framework to argue against the Live-in Caregiver Program (LCP) in Canada, which is often promoted with a neoliberal framing … Continue reading Annotation: Pratt, Geraldine. 2012. Families Apart

Annotation: San Juan, Epifanio. 2000. After Postcolonialism: Remapping Philippines-US Confrontations

San Juan, Epifanio. 2000. After Postcolonialism: Remapping Philippines-United States Confrontations. Lanham, Md. : Rowman & Littlefield Publishers. Essentialists view the Filipino habitus as a “hybrid, syncretic, and variegated creation.” Instead, San Juan argues that the Filipino society is a “historical-political construction.” It is a product of mercantilism, imperialism and monopoly capitalism (2). Taking a Marxist … Continue reading Annotation: San Juan, Epifanio. 2000. After Postcolonialism: Remapping Philippines-US Confrontations

Annotation: Fajardo, Kale, B. 2011. Filipino Crosscurrents

Fajardo, Kale, B. 2011. Filipino Crosscurrents: Oceanographies of Seafaring, Masculinities, and Globalization. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press. As 90% of the world's goods and commodities are transported by ship, and with the Philippines being the world's top supplier of shipping labor (providing 20% of the 1.2 million seamen working in international shipping), there is no … Continue reading Annotation: Fajardo, Kale, B. 2011. Filipino Crosscurrents

Annotation: Margold, Jane A. 1995. Narratives of Masculinity and Transnational Migration

Margold, Jane A. 1995. Narratives of Masculinity and Transnational Migration: Filipino Workers in the Middle East. Aihwa Ong and Michael G. Peletz (eds), Bewitching Women, Pious Men: Gender and Body Politics in Southeast Asia, 274-298. Margold interviews Ilocano labourers working in the Arab Gulf States (permanent or temporary returnees) to investigate how labour migration affects … Continue reading Annotation: Margold, Jane A. 1995. Narratives of Masculinity and Transnational Migration