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The Philippines
Mobilities, Identities, Globalization

ISBN 9780415958073
Published September 19, 2008 by Routledge
230 Pages 10 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Nearly five million migrant workers from the Philippines are employed in over 190 countries and territories. They work as doctors and domestic helpers, engineers and entertainers, seamstresses and surveyors. It is through their collective labor that the Philippines has assumed a global presence.

For over five centuries the Philippines has been integrated into the world economy. Only recently, however, has the Philippines been a pro-active agent in the production of a global economy. Since the 1970s the Philippine state, in connection with myriad private institutions, has recruited, trained, marketed, and deployed a mobile work-force. Annually, approximately one million migrant workers travel to all corners of the world. The Philippines seeks to understand how the Philippines has become the world’s largest exporter of government-sponsored temporary contract labor and, in the process, has dramatically reshaped both the processes of globalization and also our understanding of globalization as concept.

Table of Contents

1. Local Contexts, Distant Horizons  2. Manufacturing a Global Presence  3. Manila's Place in the World  4. Global-Philippines.Com  5. Performing Globalization  6. Beyond the Philippines

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James A. Tyner (Ph.D., University of Southern California) is Professor of Geography at Kent State University. His research interests include population geography, political geography, and Southeast Asia.  He is the author of nine books, including Made in the Philippines: Gendered Discourses and the Making of Migrants (Routledge).


"This book by a talented scholar of Philippine migration captures the monumental significance as well as the personal intimacy of Philippine international migration and its place in the global economy. Given Tyner’s accessible writing style and his unique and well researched examination of the apparatus of the migration industry, this book is likely to become required reading for a wide range of students and scholars in migration and globalization." –Nicole Constable, University of Pittsburgh

"The Philippines offers a definitive account of globalization through migration. Situating the labor export policies of the Philippine state in historical, economic, political and cultural context, Tyner shows how structural processes shape individual experience. His superbly-crafted analysis makes it clear why Filipino migration has become paradigmatic of 21st century globality." –Deirdre McKay, Keele University, UK

"With the Philippines as its stage, this book deftly weaves together the mixed experiences and multiple effects and outcomes of international labour migration. Theoretically informed and yet empirically grounded, James Tyner shows how migration connects the country of the Philippines and its inhabitants with global labor markets, stretching social relations, livelihoods, identities, dependencies and desires across space and through time." – Jonathan D. Rigg, Durham University, UK