Cannell, Fenella. 1999. Power and Intimacy in the Christian Philippines. New York: Cambridge University Press, 1999. This is an ethnography of a town situated in the lowlands of Bicol region, the region which at the time of Cannell’s research in 1988-89 was the “poorest in the nation” (1). Cannell focuses her study on the poorest … Continue reading Cannell, Fenella. 1999. Power and Intimacy in the Christian Philippines.
Gamburd, Michele Ruth. 2000. Kitchen Spoon's Handle: Transnationalism and Sri Lanka's Migrant Housemaids. Ithaca, N.Y. : Cornell University Press. The book presents a longitudinal ethnographic study of Naeaegama, a rural village of about 1,000 residents in southern Sri Lanka. Outbound migration from the village to the Middle East began in the late 1960s, and over … Continue reading Annotation: Gamburd, Michele Ruth. 2000. Kitchen Spoon’s Handle
Fouron, Georges and Nina G. Schiller. 2001. “All in the Family: Gender, Transnational Migration, and the Nation-state,” Identities, 7(4):539-582. The article explores whether gender sustains/creates hirarchies and divisions, or equitable relations between men and women as it is lived across the borders of nation-states. The authors draw on the life stories of three generations of … Continue reading Annotation: Fouron, Georges and Nina G. Schiller. 2001. “All in the Family: Gender, Transnational Migration, and the Nation-state,”
Collier, Jane F., Michelle Z. Rosaldo, and Sylvia Yanagisako. 1982. Is There a Family?: New Anthropological Views. In, Rethinking the Family: Some Feminist Questions. B. Thorne and M. Yalom, ed. Pp. 25-39. Longman: New York. The authors refute Malinowski's universalizing argument that the family can be characterized by its function of nurturing children. Using as … Continue reading Annotations: Collier, Jane F., Michelle Z. Rosaldo, and Sylvia Yanagisako. 1982. Is There a Family?: New Anthropological Views
Taylor, Diana. 1998. Border Watching. In, The Ends of Performance. Peggy Phelan and Jill Lane (eds). Pp. 178-185. New York and London: New York University Press. This article is about the politics of looking, and while we constantly look across borders (national, ethnic, cultural), “the issue is not if, but how we look” (180). At … Continue reading Annotation: Taylor, Diana. 1998. Border Watching.
Stack, Carol B. 1974. All Our Kin: Strategies for Survival in a Black Community. New York: Harper & Row. Using ethnomethodology (i.e. researching without middlemen), Stack studies for three years the cultural and structural adaptations of black families in the poorest quarters of an urban ghetto, which the author fictitiously calls The Flats. Rather than … Continue reading Annotation: Stack, Carol B. 1974. All Our Kin
Holt, Elizabeth Mary. 2002. Colonizing Filipinas: Nineteenth Century Representations in Western Historiography. Quezon City: Ateneo de Manila Press. Borrowing Foucault's problematization of the past as a “succession of buried presents” (153), Holt looks at the first twelve years of American rule in the Philippines. Early historians, she writes, were caught up in patriarchically structured discourses, … Continue reading Annotation: Holt, Elizabeth Mary. 2002. Colonizing Filipinas
de Jesus, Melinda (ed). 2005. Pinay Power: Theorizing the Filipina/American Experience. New York: Routledge. In this collection of essays by Filipino American peminists, Peminism “signifies the assertion of a specifically Filipina American subjectivity, one that radically repudiates white feminist hegemony as it incorporates the Filipino American oppositional politics” (de Jesus, 5). Peminist theorizing requires the … Continue reading Annotation: de Jesus, Melinda (ed). 2005. Pinay Power
Suzuki, Nobue. 2002. Gendered Surveillance and Sexual Violence in Filipina Pre-migration Experiences to Japan, in Gender Politics in the Asia-Pacific Region, pp. 99-119, eds Brenda S.A. Yeoh, Peggy Teo, Shirlena Huang. Online: Taylor & Francis Using the stories of six Filipino women married and currently living with Japanese men, selected out of over 100 interviewees … Continue reading Annotation: Suzuki, Nobue. 2002. Gendered Surveillance and Sexual Violence in Filipina Pre-migration Experiences
Suzuki, Nobue. 2007. Marrying a Marilyn of the Tropics: Manhood and Nationhood in Filipina-Japanese Marriages. Anthropological Quarterly 80(2):427-454 Suzuki expands Carla Freeman's (2001) argument on globalization theory as being masculine and dichotomous by inquiring into the experiences and desires of Japanese men (citizens of a first-world country) married to Filipino women (coming from a third-world … Continue reading Annotation: Suzuki, Nobue. 2007. Marrying a Marilyn of the Tropics