Global Filipinos

Global Filipinos

Migrants' Lives in the Virtual Village
Deirdre McKay
Distribution: World
Publication date: 5/17/2012
ISBN: 978-0-253-00222-8
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Contract workers from the Philippines make up one of the world’s largest movements of temporary labor migrants. Deirdre McKay follows Filipino migrants from one rural community to work sites overseas and then home again. Focusing on the experiences of individuals, McKay interrogates current approaches to globalization, multi-sited research, subjectivity, and the village itself. She shows that rather than weakening village ties, temporary labor migration gives the village a new global dimension created in and through the relationships, imaginations, and faith of its members in its potential as a site for a better future.

Author Bio

Deirdre McKay is Senior Lecturer in Geography and Environmental Politics at Keele University.


"A unique and important study that adds a refreshing and necessary reminder that, on the most fundamental level, a village is part of the global world." —Nicole Constable, author of Maid to Order in Hong Kong: Stories of Migrant Workers

"A luminous, elegant, and well-argued multi-sited ethnographic study." —Martin F. Manalansan IV, author of Global Divas: Filipino Gay Men in the Diaspora

"The problems of overseas Filipino workers with loneliness; long absences from spouses, children, and other relatives; abuse by employers and governments; and efforts to use their time and talent to further individual opportunities are understood easily in McKay's monograph. The photos of her Filipino informants . . . add a human touch to the topic of overseas workers. . . . Recommended." —Choice

"This in-depth and well-written narrative provides a rare glimpse into the lives of individuals shaped by globalization and migration. It also raises critical questions about the concept of a virtual village in which migrants' lives are enmeshed. It is especially recommended for readers interested in anthropology and cultural studies." —Sojourn

"Global Filipinos is more than an ethnography of migration. Covering large theoretical and disciplinary ground, McKay presents an engaging and important study on wider questions of what it means to live and cope at the margins of development economies, national identities and transnational citizenship." —Social Anthropology

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Table of Contents

On Transliteration
Introduction: The Parade
1. Finding the Village
2. Becoming a Global Kind of Woman
3. Failing to Progress
4. New Territories
5. Haunted by Images
6. Moving On
7. Come What May
Conclusion: The Virtual Village
On Affect: A Methodological Note
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