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Affect, Narratives and Politics of Southeast Asian Migration

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ISBN 9780367279165
February 24, 2021 Forthcoming by Routledge
224 Pages 5 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

This book explores the politics of gendered labour migration in Southeast Asia through the stories and perspectives of Indonesian and Filipina women presented in films, fictions and performance to show how the emotionality of these texts contribute to the emergence and vitality of women’s social movements in Southeast Asia.

By placing literary and filmic narratives of Filipina and Indonesian domestic workers in Hong Kong and Singapore within existing conversations concerning migration policies, the book offers an innovative approach towards examining contemporary issues of Asian migration. Furthermore, through rich ethnographic accounts, the book unpacks themes of belonging and displacement, shame and desire, victimhood and resistance, sacrifice, and grief to show that the stories of Filipina and Indonesian migrant women do not just depict their everyday lives and practices but also reveal how they mediate and make sense of the fraught politics of gendered labour diaspora and globalization. Contributing to the ‘affective turn’ of feminist and transnational scholarship, the book draws insight from the importance and centrality of affect, emotions and feelings in shaping discourses on women’s subjectivity, labor and mobility. In addition, the book demonstrates issues of vulnerability and agency inherent in debates on social exclusion, human rights, development and nation-building in Southeast Asia.

Offering an innovative and multidisciplinary approach to analyses of Asian migration, this book will be of interest to academics in the fields of Asian Studies, literary and cultural studies, film studies, gender and women’s studies and migration studies.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Emotions on the Move  1. At Home and Unhomeliness  2. Shame and Desire  3. Vulnerability and Resistance  4. Sacrifice and Social Heroism  5. Mourning and Movement  Conclusion: Affect and Activism

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Carlos M. Piocos III is an Associate Professor at the Department of Literature and a Research Fellow at the Southeast Asian Research Center and Hub of De La Salle University, The Philippines.