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Itinerant Lives, the 'Family' and the Emotionality of Overseas Labor Migration

Itinerant Lives, the 'Family' and the Emotionality of Overseas Labor Migration

This presentation examines the transformations undergone by the "Filipino family" and families in the Philippines in the context of the increasing shift toward a remittance economy and transnational family structures, where women have become active participants of international labor migration. It suggests that the continued out-migration of Filipino workers is supported by an emotion ideology that also serves as its rationale: the "Filipino" family. And while the family is the main rationale for labor migration, the very notion of "family" is put to the test as a consequence of the current phenomenon of labor migration. It seeks to analyze the challenges overseas migration impresses on the notion of the "Filipino family," on the ways local society tries to hold down change, and on what terms these are accepted when they are inevitable. It will look into the different ways distance, time and emotion expand and deflate the parameters of what is considered 'family'. This study will employ a cultural studies perspective and will use as primary data of analysis the cultural texts generated by both non-migrants and migrants, e.f., movies, artwork, and personal marratives.

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