Lifetimes of Disposability and Surplus Entrepreneurs in Bagong Barrio, Manila

Caleb Johnston, Geraldine Pratt, Vanessa Banta

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Working in collaboration with Migrante International and drawing on testimony of residents in the remittance-dependent, migrant-sending community of Bagong Barrio in Caloocan City in Metro Manila, Philippines, we examine the systematic production of life-times of disposability that drives labour migration across the generations. The closure of factories and contractualisation of work in the 1980s created the conditions in which labour migration is not a choice but a necessity. Diligent use of remittances to pay for the educations of their children in many cases has produced a new generation of Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs), and investment in housing often is another route to OFW status. Alongside this narrative of ongoing precarity, we listen closely to the testimony of residents for ways of living that are both subsumed within and somewhat excessive to accounts that might render their lives as merely waste or wasted.
Original languageEnglish
JournalAntipode: A Radical Journal of Geography
Early online date29 Jun 2016
Publication statusPublished - 4 Jul 2016


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