In a globalized economy that is heavily sustained by the labor of immigrants, why are certain nations defined as "ideal" labor resources and why do certain groups dominate a particular labor force? The Philippines has emerged as a lucrative source of labor for countries around the world. In Marketing Dreams, Manufacturing Heroes Anna Romina Guevarra focuses on the Philippineswhich views itself as the "home of the great Filipino worker"and the multilevel brokering process that manages and sends workers worldwide. She unravels the transnational production of Filipinos as ideal migrant workers by the state and explores how race, color, class, and gender operate.
The experience of Filipino nurses and domestic workerstwo of the country's prized exportsis at the core of the research, which utilizes interviews with employees at labor brokering agencies, state officials from governmental organizations in the Philippines, and nurses working in the United States. Guevarra's multisited ethnography reveals the disciplinary power that state and employment agencies exercise over care workersmanaging migration and garnering wagesto govern social conduct, and brings this isolated yet widespread social problem to life.
|Publisher:||Rutgers University Press|
|Edition description:||New Edition|
|Product dimensions:||6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.90(d)|
About the Author
Anna Romina Guevarra is an assistant professor of sociology and Asian American studies and affiliated faculty of gender and women's studies at the University of Illinois at Chicago.
Table of Contents
List of Abbreviations xvii
1 Home of the Great Filipino Worker 1
2 Cultivating a Filipino Ethos of Labor Migration 21
3 Governing and (Dis) Empowering Filipino Migrants 50
4 Delivering "Our Contribution to the World" 87
5 Selling Filipinas' Added Export Value 123
6 Living the Dream 155
7 Securing Their Added Export Value 178
8 Conclusion 204