Globalization and the Geography of Labor Recruitment Firms in the Philippines
AbstractGeographers and other social scientists have documented the increased globalization of economic activities. Private firms, especially, have been identified as contributing to new and flexible institutional arrangements. Concurrently, patterns and processes of international labor migration have been transformed by changes in the global economy. An under-theorized aspect of these trends, though, has been the functioning of private labor recruitment firms in the global labor market. Using the Philippines as a case study, this paper directs attention to the spatiality of private recruitment firms within a context of globalization. Specifically, I unpack the various institutions and organizations that comprise the Philippine state labor migration industry, and examine how private recruitment firms, in particular, intersect dialectically within processes of globalization.
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