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Rodo Imin no Gurobaru Seiji Keizai Gaku: Iju Rodosha no Seiji teki Shutai to ‘Nichijo Kukan no (Sai)Seisan’ o tegakari ni

Chapter


Abstract


  • Within the currently intensified labour flows from developing societies to highly industrialized areas, the Philippines is the largest suppliers for government-sponsored contract workers. Overseas contract employment was institutionalized by the Philippine government in 1972 to tackle the problems of unemployment and foreign debt. The remittances from migrant workers have become a major source of foreign currency for the national economy, which led the then President Aquino to call overseas workers as “national heroes.” In this light, building upon Louise Amoore’s conceptualization of globalization as sets of globalizing social practices, this chapter investigates the concrete, contingent and situated practices of global labour migration. By so doing it stresses that these migrant workers are not passive recipients of the Philippine state policies but are agential political subjects. It argues that the structured social practices of global labour migrants not only participate in and depend on but also contest and negotiate the (re)constitution of capitalist relations of production and social reproduction within the neoliberal restructuring of global order. The objective of this chapter is to contribute towards both the illustration of global politics as social relations produced by various actors in multiple spheres and emergent crucial efforts to pursue the possibilities for an emancipatory project and political resistance.

Publication Date


  • 2010

Citation


  • Onuki, H. (2010). Rodo Imin no Gurobaru Seiji Keizai Gaku: Iju Rodosha no Seiji teki Shutai to ‘Nichijo Kukan no (Sai)Seisan’ o tegakari ni. In Y. Sato & Y. Maeda (Eds.), Sekai Seiji o Shisosuru, vol. II (pp. 33-62). Tokyo: Kokusai Shoin.

Book Title


  • Sekai Seiji o Shisosuru, vol. II

Start Page


  • 33

End Page


  • 62

Place Of Publication


  • Tokyo

Abstract


  • Within the currently intensified labour flows from developing societies to highly industrialized areas, the Philippines is the largest suppliers for government-sponsored contract workers. Overseas contract employment was institutionalized by the Philippine government in 1972 to tackle the problems of unemployment and foreign debt. The remittances from migrant workers have become a major source of foreign currency for the national economy, which led the then President Aquino to call overseas workers as “national heroes.” In this light, building upon Louise Amoore’s conceptualization of globalization as sets of globalizing social practices, this chapter investigates the concrete, contingent and situated practices of global labour migration. By so doing it stresses that these migrant workers are not passive recipients of the Philippine state policies but are agential political subjects. It argues that the structured social practices of global labour migrants not only participate in and depend on but also contest and negotiate the (re)constitution of capitalist relations of production and social reproduction within the neoliberal restructuring of global order. The objective of this chapter is to contribute towards both the illustration of global politics as social relations produced by various actors in multiple spheres and emergent crucial efforts to pursue the possibilities for an emancipatory project and political resistance.

Publication Date


  • 2010

Citation


  • Onuki, H. (2010). Rodo Imin no Gurobaru Seiji Keizai Gaku: Iju Rodosha no Seiji teki Shutai to ‘Nichijo Kukan no (Sai)Seisan’ o tegakari ni. In Y. Sato & Y. Maeda (Eds.), Sekai Seiji o Shisosuru, vol. II (pp. 33-62). Tokyo: Kokusai Shoin.

Book Title


  • Sekai Seiji o Shisosuru, vol. II

Start Page


  • 33

End Page


  • 62

Place Of Publication


  • Tokyo