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Author: Geraldine Pratt; Philippine Women Centre of B.C.
Publisher: Minneapolis : University of Minnesota Press, ©2012.
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In a developing nation like the Philippines, many mothers provide for their families by traveling to a foreign country to care for someone else's. Families Apart focuses on Filipino overseas workers in Canada to reveal what such arrangements mean for families on both sides of the global divide. The outcome of Geraldine Pratt's collaboration with the Philippine Women Centre of British Columbia, this study documents  Read more...
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Geraldine Pratt; Philippine Women Centre of B.C.
ISBN: 9780816669981 0816669988 9780816669998 0816669996
OCLC Number: 759910055
Description: xxxv, 263 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Contents: Enterprising women, failing children: living within the contradictions of neo(liberalism) --
Waiting and the trauma of separation --
Listening to mothers' stories --
Creating new spaces of politics: Nanay: a testimonial play --
Acting on attachments: intimate witness to state violence in the Philippines.
Responsibility: Geraldine Pratt.

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In a developing nation like the Philippines, many mothers provide for their families by traveling to a foreign country to care for someone else's. Families Apart focuses on Filipino overseas workers in Canada to reveal what such arrangements mean for families on both sides of the global divide. The outcome of Geraldine Pratt's collaboration with the Philippine Women Centre of British Columbia, this study documents the difficulties of family separation and the problems that children have when they reunite with their mothers in Vancouver. Aimed at those who have lived this experience, those who directly benefit from it, and those who simply stand by and watch, Families Apart shows how Filipino migrant domestic workers--often mothers themselves--are caught between competing neoliberal policies of sending and receiving countries and how, rather than paying rich returns, their ambitions as migrants often result in social and economic exclusion for themselves and for their children. This argument takes shape as an open-ended series of encounters, moving between a singular academic voice and the "we" of various research collaborations, between Vancouver and the Philippines, and between genres of "evidence-based" social scientific research, personal testimony, theatrical performance, and nonfictional narrative writing. Through these experiments with different modes of storytelling, Pratt seeks to transform frameworks of perception, to create and collect sympathetic witnesses--in short, to promote a wide-ranging public discussion and debate about a massive worldwide shift in family (and nonfamily) relations of intimacy and care. --- Book Description.

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