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Global Filipinos

The author of An Archipelago of Care documents the experiences of Filipino contract workers from the same village, traveling abroad for jobs.

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.

“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

Deirdre McKay

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

Indiana University Press