Migration and Masquerade: Gender and Habitus in the Philippines

  • Deirdre McKay The Australian National University
Keywords: Habitus, Gender, Translocality, Globalization, Cultural Aspects, Migration-Domestic Work


Globalization recreates translocalities from what were previously imagined as isolated, peripheral communities. In the Philippines, a remote indigenous community incorporates new practices of gender brought by female circular migrants from urban 'abroad'. Women 'doing gender' at a village fair map a novel habitus, reshaping senses of self and place. Their performances of gender mark changes in everyday gender practices and the lived experiences of locality.


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