Migrant Citizenship from Below

Migrant Citizenship from Below

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Migrant Citizenship from Below explores the dynamic local and transnational lives of Filipina and Filipino migrant domestic workers living in Schonberg, Germany. Shinozaki examines their irregular migrant citizenship status from 'above', which is produced by complex interactions between Germany's welfare, care, and migration regimes and the Philippines' gendered politics of overseas employment. Despite the predominant representation of these workers as invisible, these spatially immobile migrants maintain sustained transnational engagements through parenting and religious practices. Shinozaki studies the reverse-gendered process of international reproductive labor migration, in which women traveled first and were later joined by men. Despite their structural vulnerability, participant observations and biographical interviews with the migrants demonstrate that they enact and negotiate migrant citizenship in the workplace, transnational households, religious practices and through accessing health provisions.qOn the other hand, it was a response to a criticism toward the German state turning a blind eye to the hiring practices of nonprofessional migrant care workers. ... Within a few hours, they had found over 200 a€œillegala€ migrant caregivers, who were then promptly deported (Gaserow 2001).12 Mobilizing his social and cultural capital as a stock-market reporter ... gender bias in caring and domestic labor, naturalizing feminized labor (Catarino, Kontos, and Shinozaki 2013; Morokvasic 2007).

Title:Migrant Citizenship from Below
Author:Kyoko Shinozaki
Publisher:Palgrave Macmillan - 2015-05-06


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