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Consuming Pork, Parading the Virgin and Crafting Origami in Tel Aviv : Filipina Care Workers' Aesthetic Formations in Israel

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Liebelt, Claudia:
Consuming Pork, Parading the Virgin and Crafting Origami in Tel Aviv : Filipina Care Workers' Aesthetic Formations in Israel.
In: Ethnos : Journal of Anthropology. Vol. 78 (2013) Issue 2 . - pp. 255-279.
ISSN 1469-588X
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1080/00141844.2012.655302

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This article investigates the sensual participation of Filipina care workers in Israel, more specifically in the urban space of Tel Aviv. By creating a rich communal life, by parading icons of the Virgin Mary through the streets, and by crafting Origami paper swans that have conquered urban spaces in all sizes, shapes and colours, migrants have fashioned modes of aesthetic and sensual belonging in the city. Their popular aesthetics, I argue, is intricately linked to the ironic Americanisation of a post-colonial nation, as well as the gendered niche of care, which Filipinos in the global economy have come to occupy. Drawing on the concept of ‘aesthetic formation’, this article foregrounds the performative aspects and centrality of objects, appearances and the senses in migrants’ making of community. Filipinos’ aesthetic formations in diaspora speak of collective struggles as well as of the emergence of new subjectivities beyond ethnic or cultural identities.

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Item Type: Article in a journal
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Filipino labour migration; diaspora; urban space; care and domestic work; Israel; aesthetic formation; ritual; Christianity
Institutions of the University: Faculties
Faculties > Faculty of Cultural Studies > Chair Social Anthropology > Chair Social Anthropology - Univ.-Prof. Dr. Erdmute Alber
Faculties > Faculty of Cultural Studies
Faculties > Faculty of Cultural Studies > Chair Social Anthropology
Result of work at the UBT: Yes
DDC Subjects: 300 Social sciences > 300 Social sciences, sociology and anthropology
Date Deposited: 21 Nov 2014 08:01
Last Modified: 20 Feb 2015 11:08
URI: https://eref.uni-bayreuth.de/id/eprint/3781