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On Gendered Journeys, Spiritual Transformations and Ethical Formations in Diaspora : Filipina Care Workers in Israel

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Liebelt, Claudia:
On Gendered Journeys, Spiritual Transformations and Ethical Formations in Diaspora : Filipina Care Workers in Israel.
In: Feminist Review. Vol. 97 (2011) . - pp. 74-91.
ISSN 0141-7789
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1057/fr.2010.32

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Research on migrant care and domestic workers has focused on their multiple dislocations and exclusions in the diaspora, analysing a highly gendered global economy of care and domestic work. This article investigates the role of ritual performance and spirituality in female care workers’ projects of migration and in the emergence of their feminized and racialized subjectivities. On the basis of anthropological research in Israel and the Philippines, it analyses Filipina care workers’ narratives of migration to Israel as a form of spiritual transformation, investigating their spiritual practices and emphasis on Christian morals like ‘compassion’ and ‘patience’ for their work. Israel, a country that has recruited Filipinos as carers for the elderly since the 1990s, is a destination country highly valued among Filipino Christians as the ‘Holy Land’. Focusing on evangelical Christians, the article portrays four women for whom migration to Israel signifies an ethical career: turning into ‘Holy Land’ pilgrims, Christ-like activists and missionaries, they are engaged in a deeply self-transforming journey. Rooting themselves in Christian spiritualities and morals, these women negotiate and ‘inhabit’ rather than openly challenge existing gender norms. Engaged in corporeal disciplining of their selves during affectively demanding care work, and in migration more generally, their moves are analysed as a form of ethical formation.

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Item Type: Article in a journal
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Christian spirituality; migration; care and domestic work; Filipino diaspora; subjectivity; Israel
Institutions of the University: Faculties > Faculty of Cultural Studies > Chair Social Anthropology > Chair Social Anthropology - Univ.-Prof. Dr. Erdmute Alber
Faculties
Faculties > Faculty of Cultural Studies
Faculties > Faculty of Cultural Studies > Chair Social Anthropology
Result of work at the UBT: No
DDC Subjects: 300 Social sciences > 300 Social sciences, sociology and anthropology
Date Deposited: 21 Nov 2014 08:19
Last Modified: 21 Nov 2014 08:19
URI: https://eref.uni-bayreuth.de/id/eprint/3783