Simone Christ

The Culture of Migration in the Philippines

Of Jeepneys and Balikbayan Boxes

february 2020, 487 pages, format ebook (pdf)
isbn 978-3-940132-82-6
series Das regionale Fachbuch

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Since the 1970s, the Philippine state has been sending migrant workers to the global labor market. Today, around 10% of the population lives abroad. After more than 40 years of state-sponsored labor ‘export’, international labor migration has become a way of life in the Philippines. 

From the perspective of cultural anthropology, this book explores the social and cultural influence of labor migration on the sending country. The author studies local meanings and legitimacies of migration and asks how migration relates to concepts of family life and gender. The book shows how social class and social mobility are connected to migration and how return migrants experience their often temporary returns. Based on fieldwork in a major region of out-migration, the author portrays the Philippines as a culture of migration.


About the author

Simone Christ is a cultural anthropologist with a focus on labor migration and forced migration. She received her PhD from the University of Bonn. Between 2008 and 2016, she worked as a lecturer at the Department of Southeast Asian Studies at the University of Bonn. In 2016, she joined the Bonn International Center for Conversion (BICC) as a senior researcher.

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Table of contents (PDF)


Introduction (PDF)