Ritual passage and the reconstruction of selfhood in international labor migration

Aguilar, Filomeno V. (2002) Ritual passage and the reconstruction of selfhood in international labor migration. In: Aguilar, Filomeno V., (ed.) Filipinos in Global Migrations: at home in the world? Philippine Migration Research Network and Philippine Social Science Council, Quezon City, Philippines, pp. 413-451.

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Abstract

This paper reasserts the place of human agency amid the structural forces that seem to overdetermine international labour migration. To explore the meanings attached by migrants to overseas employment, the paper casts the worker's experience as a type of ritual, a secular pilgrimage knowingly embarked upon by the individual in close dialectical relationship with the social world. Various stages of double liminality are endured by the migrant worker through the balm of commodities and the consumption of modernity, with the journey of achievement eventuating in a new sense of self. Empirical materials are drawn primarily from studies of Filipina and Filipino workers.

Item ID: 14374
Item Type: Book Chapter (Research - B1)
ISBN: 978-971-8514-20-7
Keywords: labor migration; selfhood
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Date Deposited: 16 Dec 2010 05:08
FoR Codes: 21 HISTORY AND ARCHAEOLOGY > 2103 Historical Studies > 210302 Asian History @ 100%
SEO Codes: 94 LAW, POLITICS AND COMMUNITY SERVICES > 9403 International Relations > 940399 International Relations not elsewhere classified @ 100%
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