Annotation: Ahmed, Sara et al. (2003). Uprootings/Regroundings: Questions of Home and Migration

Ahmed, Sara, Castaneda, Claudia and Fortier, Anne-Marie (eds). 2003. Uprootings/Regroundings: Questions of Home and Migration. Oxford: Berg Publishers. The collection is a contribution to the growing body of feminist literature on migration that explores the intersectionality of race, class, gender and sexuality, using a range of approaches that include autobiography, fictional narrative, analysis of law … Continue reading Annotation: Ahmed, Sara et al. (2003). Uprootings/Regroundings: Questions of Home and Migration

Annotation: Gamburd, Michele Ruth. 2000. Kitchen Spoon’s Handle

Gamburd, Michele Ruth. 2000. Kitchen Spoon's Handle: Transnationalism and Sri Lanka's Migrant Housemaids. Ithaca, N.Y. : Cornell University Press. The book presents a longitudinal ethnographic study of Naeaegama, a rural village of about 1,000 residents in southern Sri Lanka. Outbound migration from the village to the Middle East began in the late 1960s, and over … Continue reading Annotation: Gamburd, Michele Ruth. 2000. Kitchen Spoon’s Handle

Annotation: Irving, Andrew. 2007. Ethnography, Art, and Death

Irving, Andrew. 2007. Ethnography, Art, and Death. Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute (N.S.), 13:185-208. Using photography and performance methods, Irving “stages” encounters with the residents of Kampala, Uganda, with the goal of mapping the city through their emotions and memories. In Irving's fieldwork performance called Life as it is lived (2000), he interviews an … Continue reading Annotation: Irving, Andrew. 2007. Ethnography, Art, and Death

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: MacDougall, David. 2006. The Corporeal Image

MacDougall, David. 2006. The Corporeal Image: Film, Ethnography, and the Senses. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press. MacDougall writes that meaning is created by the whole body, and contests the idea that thought contains only words. He proposes to “reexamine the relation between seeing, thinking, and knowing, and the complex nature of thought itself” (2). Film … Continue reading Annotation: MacDougall, David. 2006. The Corporeal Image

Annotations: Collier, Jane F., Michelle Z. Rosaldo, and Sylvia Yanagisako. 1982. Is There a Family?: New Anthropological Views

Collier, Jane F., Michelle Z. Rosaldo, and Sylvia Yanagisako. 1982. Is There a Family?: New Anthropological Views. In, Rethinking the Family: Some Feminist Questions. B. Thorne and M. Yalom, ed. Pp. 25-39. Longman: New York. The authors refute Malinowski's universalizing argument that the family can be characterized by its function of nurturing children. Using as … Continue reading Annotations: Collier, Jane F., Michelle Z. Rosaldo, and Sylvia Yanagisako. 1982. Is There a Family?: New Anthropological Views

Annotation: Taylor, Diana. 1998. Border Watching.

Taylor, Diana. 1998. Border Watching. In, The Ends of Performance. Peggy Phelan and Jill Lane (eds). Pp. 178-185. New York and London: New York University Press. This article is about the politics of looking, and while we constantly look across borders (national, ethnic, cultural), “the issue is not if, but how we look” (180). At … Continue reading Annotation: Taylor, Diana. 1998. Border Watching.

Annotation: McKay, Deirdre. 2010. On the Face of Facebook

McKay, Deirdre. 2010. On the Face of Facebook: Historical Images and Personhood in Filipino Social Networking. History & Anthropology, 21(4):479-498. Exploring the use of historical images as profile photos by her 43 Filipino “friends” on Facebook, McKay suggests that photographs are not merely “prosthetic biographies” (Cecilia Lury 1988), but are also aspects of others and … Continue reading Annotation: McKay, Deirdre. 2010. On the Face of Facebook

Annotation: Faier, Lieba. 2009. Intimate Encounters

Faier, Lieba. 2009. Intimate Encounters: Filipina Women and the Remaking of Rural Japan. Berkeley: University of California Press. Faier's research on Filipina oyomesan (brides) in Japan is a contribution to a feminist scholarship that studies global capitalism through the investigation of its “multiple and contested nature through a messy and socially constructed process” (20). The … Continue reading Annotation: Faier, Lieba. 2009. Intimate Encounters

Annotation: Cheng, Sealing. 2010. On the Move for Love

Cheng, Sealing. 2010. On the Move for Love: Migrant Entertainers and the U.S. Military in South Korea. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press. Cheng presents the global context that has brought about the gendered “ethnoscape” (Appadurai) in Dongducheon, situating the presence of foreign migrant entertainers as emerging from the political and military relations of the Korean … Continue reading Annotation: Cheng, Sealing. 2010. On the Move for Love