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Globalization, Labor Export and Resistance

A Study of Filipino Migrant Domestic Workers in Global Cities, 1st Edition

By Ligaya Lindio-McGovern


216 pages

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Moving beyond polemical debates on globalization, this study considers complex intersections of gender, race, ethnicity, nationality and class within the field of globalized labor.

As a significant contribution to the on-going debate on the role of neoliberal states in reproducing gender-race-class inequality in the global political economy, the volume examines the aggressive implementation of neoliberal policies of globalization in the Philippines, and how labor export has become a contradictory feature of the country's international political economy while being contested from below. Lindio-McGovern presents theoretical and ethnographic insights from observational and interview data gathered during fieldwork in various global cities—Hong Kong, Taipei, Rome, Vancouver, Chicago and Metro-Manila. The result is a compelling weave of theory and experience of exploitation and resistance, an important development in discourses and literature on globalization and social movements seeking to influence regimes that exploit migrant women as cheap labor to sustain gendered global capitalism.

Globalization, Labor Export and Resistance: A Study of Filipino Migrant Domestic Workers in Global Cities, is an invaluable resource for scholars, researchers, policy makers, non-governmental organizations, community organizers, students of globalization, trade and labor politics. It will be useful in the fields of women/gender studies, labor studies, transnational social movements, political economy, development, international migration, international studies, international fieldwork and qualitative/feminist research.

Table of Contents

1. Globalization, Labor Export and Resistance: Rethinking Neoliberal Globalization from Below Part 1: Circuits of Power in the Globalization of Reproductive Labor 2. Circuits of the Commodifcation of Filipino Domestic Workers in the Labor Export Web of Globalization Part 2: Circuits of Resistance to Labor Export in the Context of Globalization 3. Resistance in Hong Kong 4. Resistance in Taiwan 5. Resistance in Vancouver 6. Resistance in Rome 7. Resistance and Non-Resistance in Chicago 8. Resistance in the Homefront: The Labor-Sending Country 9. Conclusion: From Retrospect to Prospects, From Theory to Policy

About the Author

Ligaya Lindio-McGovern is Professor of Sociology at Indiana University Kokomo, USA, author of Filipino Peasant Women: Exploitation and Resistance, and co-editor of Globalization and Third World Women: Exploitation, Coping and Resistance, and Gender and Globalization: Patterns of Women’s Resistance.

About the Series

Rethinking Globalizations

This series is designed to break new ground in the literature on globalisation and its academic and popular understanding. Rather than perpetuating or simply reacting to the economic understanding of globalisation, this series seeks to capture the term and broaden its meaning to encompass a wide range of issues and disciplines and convey a sense of alternative possibilities for the future.

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