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Mobilizing migrants, making citizens: migrant domestic workers as political agents

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Anderson, Bridget

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Abstract It is now more important than ever to consider migrant mobilizations and how political communities are constructed. This paper describes how Waling Waling, a migrant domestic workers' organization, and their support group, Kalayaan, forged citizenship 'from below' and waged a successful campaign to change the immigration status of domestic workers in part through turning constraints into opportunities. It also discusses how the logic of state sovereignty can recapture radical takings, and the opportunities and challenges that are faced in the new political climate of migrants as victims of trafficking.
Keywords migration
Classification Migration, Sociology of Migration; Political Process, Elections, Political Sociology, Political Culture
Free Keywords domestic workers; citizenship; trafficking; illegality; trades unions
Document language English
Publication Year 2010
Page/Pages p. 60-74
Journal Ethnic and Racial Studies, 33 (2010) 1
Status Postprint; peer reviewed
Licence PEER Licence Agreement (applicable only to documents from PEER project)