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In a globalized economy that is heavily sustained by the labor of immigrants, why are certain nations defined as “ideal” labor resources and why do certain groups dominate a particular labor force? The Philippines has emerged as a lucrative source of labor for countries around the world. In Marketing Dreams, Manufacturing Heroes Anna Romina Guevarra focuses on the Philippi In a globalized economy that is heavily sustained by the labor of immigrants, why are certain nations defined as “ideal” labor resources and why do certain groups dominate a particular labor force? The Philippines has emerged as a lucrative source of labor for countries around the world. In Marketing Dreams, Manufacturing Heroes Anna Romina Guevarra focuses on the Philippines—which views itself as the “home of the great Filipino worker”—and the multilevel brokering process that manages and sends workers worldwide. She unravels the transnational production of Filipinos as ideal migrant workers by the state and explores how race, color, class, and gender operate. The experience of Filipino nurses and domestic workers—two of the country’s prized exports—is at the core of the research, which utilizes interviews with employees at labor brokering agencies, state officials from governmental organizations in the Philippines, and nurses working in the United States. Guevarra’s multisited ethnography reveals the disciplinary power that state and employment agencies exercise over care workers— managing migration and garnering wages—to govern social conduct, and brings this isolated yet widespread social problem to life.


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In a globalized economy that is heavily sustained by the labor of immigrants, why are certain nations defined as “ideal” labor resources and why do certain groups dominate a particular labor force? The Philippines has emerged as a lucrative source of labor for countries around the world. In Marketing Dreams, Manufacturing Heroes Anna Romina Guevarra focuses on the Philippi In a globalized economy that is heavily sustained by the labor of immigrants, why are certain nations defined as “ideal” labor resources and why do certain groups dominate a particular labor force? The Philippines has emerged as a lucrative source of labor for countries around the world. In Marketing Dreams, Manufacturing Heroes Anna Romina Guevarra focuses on the Philippines—which views itself as the “home of the great Filipino worker”—and the multilevel brokering process that manages and sends workers worldwide. She unravels the transnational production of Filipinos as ideal migrant workers by the state and explores how race, color, class, and gender operate. The experience of Filipino nurses and domestic workers—two of the country’s prized exports—is at the core of the research, which utilizes interviews with employees at labor brokering agencies, state officials from governmental organizations in the Philippines, and nurses working in the United States. Guevarra’s multisited ethnography reveals the disciplinary power that state and employment agencies exercise over care workers— managing migration and garnering wages—to govern social conduct, and brings this isolated yet widespread social problem to life.

22 review for Marketing Dreams, Manufacturing Heroes: The Transnational Labor Brokering of Filipino Workers

  1. 5 out of 5

    Cyndi

    Read for my Migrations in the Modern World class, this book focuses on Filipino labor and how the government has neglected to create an infrastructure that will allow for well-paying, meaningful jobs in their own country and has instead marketed the Great Filipino Worker. This worker is subservient, docile and willing to be at their employers beck and call. Filipinos are educated with an American influence, most speak English, and they are conditioned to leave their own families, to sacrifice fo Read for my Migrations in the Modern World class, this book focuses on Filipino labor and how the government has neglected to create an infrastructure that will allow for well-paying, meaningful jobs in their own country and has instead marketed the Great Filipino Worker. This worker is subservient, docile and willing to be at their employers beck and call. Filipinos are educated with an American influence, most speak English, and they are conditioned to leave their own families, to sacrifice for material possessions and give their children an opportunity to get ahead. The most common labor consists of domestic workers, nurses,and IT people with females making up 2/3 of the laborers. Brokers arrange for contracts so the government can say they don't have much to do with outsourcing their labor pool. In reality, the government receives remittances and actively works with other nations to export labor. Besides missing out on seeing their children grow up, many women are exploited either in their work conditions or sexually. The personal narritives were heartbreaking but with India and other countries looking at the Filipino model, transnational labor will continue.

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