Annotation: Aguilar, Filomeno V. 2009. Maalwang buhay

Aguilar, Filomeno V. (2009). Maalwang buhay: Family, Overseas Migration, and Cultures of Relatedness in Barangay Paraiso. Manila: Ateneo de Manila Press. Aguilar looks at the case of “Barangay Paraiso” (fictional name) in Batangas City, Philippines, to answer his main research question: “What does it mean for families with members who are overseas migrant workers to … Continue reading Annotation: Aguilar, Filomeno V. 2009. Maalwang buhay

Annotations: Akesson, Lisa. 2011. Remittances and Relationships

Akesson, Lisa. 2011. Remittances and Relationships: Exchange in Cape Verdean Transnational Families. Ethnos. 76(3): 326-347 The economic perspective on remittances “obscures the inherently social and relational character of remittance transactions” (328). Akesson argues that the transfer of funds through remittances is inextricably related to social relationships and to people's notions of their obligations to one … Continue reading Annotations: Akesson, Lisa. 2011. Remittances and Relationships

Annotation: Tsing, Anna. & Yanagisako, Sylvia. 1983. Feminism and Kinship Theory

Tsing, Anna. & Yanagisako, Sylvia. 1983. Feminism and Kinship Theory. Current Anthropology 24(4):551-516 The article summarizes the proceedings of a 1982 conference on feminism and kinship theory that focused on three analytical strategies: 1) attention to the symbolic identity of gender; 2) investigation of gender in the context of power and inequality, and; 3) investigation … Continue reading Annotation: Tsing, Anna. & Yanagisako, Sylvia. 1983. Feminism and Kinship Theory

Annotation: Rytter, Mikkel. 2012. Semi-legal Family Life: Pakistani Couples in the Borderlands of Denmark and Sweden

Rytter, Mikkel. 2012. Semi-legal Family Life: Pakistani Couples in the Borderlands of Denmark and Sweden. Global Networks: A Journal of Transnational Affairs, 12(1): 91-108. Rytter writes about strategies for family reunification implemented in the border regions of Denmark/Sweden present a picture of nation-states that heavily regulate immigration by imposing an immigration regime that places importance … Continue reading Annotation: Rytter, Mikkel. 2012. Semi-legal Family Life: Pakistani Couples in the Borderlands of Denmark and Sweden

Annotation: Barth, Frederik. 1966. Models of Social Organization.

Barth, Frederik. 1966. Models of Social Organization. Glasgow: Royal Anthropological Institute of Great Britain and Ireland. Barth critiques anthropology's focus on the static concept of status, and instead suggests the "need to understand the nature of the interconnection between the statuses," and to look into the "transactional nature of interpersonal relations" (3). Drawing form the … Continue reading Annotation: Barth, Frederik. 1966. Models of Social Organization.

Annotation: Brijnath, Bianca. 2009. Familial Bonds and Boarding Passes

Brijnath, Bianca. 2009. Familial Bonds and Boarding Passes: Understanding Caregiving in a Transnational Context. Identities, 16(1):83-101. The author writes that there are multiple narratives embedded in the lives that are lived transnationally, and she asks: “whose story do we focus on?.” She admits that she opted to omit certain poignant stories from this article, as … Continue reading Annotation: Brijnath, Bianca. 2009. Familial Bonds and Boarding Passes