DSA Graduate Research Colloquium on 15 June 2007

Department of Sociology and Anthropology
invites everyone to the
Graduate Research Colloquium
Ms. Sandra Ezquerra
who will speak on
Toward an Intersectional Analysis of the Philippine State in the Context of Migration: The Deployment and Protection of Domestic Workers in the 21st Century
15 June 2007, Friday, 4:30-6:00 PMSS Conference Room 1 & 2, Ground Floor, Social Sciences BuildingAteneo de Manila University, Loyola Heights, Quezon City

Over three decades after the institutionalization of labor export in the Philippines, more people than ever leave the country every year to work overseas. In fact, 2006 witnessed the deployment of one million OFWs to all over the world. If out-migration in the first two thirds of the 20th century was predominantly male, the past three decades have brought with them an increase of female migration, which is heavily concentrated in the domestic service sector all over the world. This paper examines the role that the Philippine government has had in the deployment of female household service workers, as well as the measures taken to enhance their protection. Building upon the premise that the state is never a homogenous entity, the author explores the tensions stemming between the need to open new markets for the country’s economic development and the importance of guaranteeing regulations and protections for Filipino workers. The study of this phenomenon, which is never unilineal or free of conflict, sheds light on the importance of gender, racial, and class dynamics in State processes, as well as their importance in our understanding of the role of the Philippine State in the current era of global capitalism.
Ms. Sandra Ezquerra is a PhD Candidate at the Sociology Department of the University of Oregon, in the United States. This paper is part of her larger dissertation research project which analyzes the gender components of migration and labor policies in the United States, Spain, and the Philippines. She has spent two and a half months in Ateneo de Manila University as a visiting researcher through the SYLFF Fellows Mobility Program of the Nippon Foundation.

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