Making Home in Diasporic Communities demonstrates the global scope of the Filipino diaspora, engaging wider scholarship on globalisation and the ways in which the dynamics of nation-state institutions, labour migration and social relationships intersect for transnational communities. Based on original ethnographic work conducted in Ireland and the Philippines, the book examines how Filipina diasporans socially and symbolically create a sense of ‘home’. On one hand, Filipinas can be seen as mobile, as they have crossed geographical borders and are physically located in the destination country. Yet, on the other hand, they are constrained by immigration policies, linguistic and cultural barriers and other social and cultural institutions. Through modalities of language, rituals and religion and food, the author examines the ways in which Filipinas orient their perceptions, expectations, practices and social spaces to ‘the homeland’, thus providing insight into larger questions of inclusion and exclusion for diasporic communities.
By focusing on a range of Filipina experiences, including that of nurses, international students, religious workers and personal assistants, Making Home in Diasporic Communities explores the intersectionality of gender, race, class and belonging. As such, it will appeal to scholars of sociology and anthropology as well as those with interests in gender, identity, migration, ethnic studies, and the construction of home.
Table of Contents
Introduction 1. Conceptualising Home and Diaspora 2. Landscapes of Dislocation 3. ‘Our Noses Will Bleed and Then We Die’: Using Language as a Borderland Strategy 4. ‘Hey! Are you Filipino?’ Adapting Rituals, Religion and Routine 5. ‘As Long as You Have Your Food, You Feel at Home’: Eating, Gathering and Socializing 6. Romanticizing the Homeland 7. Working towards Home References Appendix A: Profile of Participants Appendix B: Interview Questions Appendix C: Notes on Terminology
Diane Sabenacio Nititham is Assistant Professor of Sociology at Murray State University, USA and co-editor of Heritage, Diaspora and the Consumption of Culture.