An Archipelago of Care (Hardcover)

Filipino Migrants and Global Networks (Global Research Studies)

By Deirdre Christian McKay

Indiana University Press, 9780253024671, 196pp.

Publication Date: December 12, 2016



Focusing on the experience of Filipino caregivers in London, some of whom are living and working illegally in their host country, Deirdre McKay considers what migrant workers must do to navigate their way in a global marketplace. She draws on interviews and participant observations, her own long-term fieldwork in communities in the Philippines, and digital ethnography to present an intricate consideration of how these caregivers create stability in potentially precarious living situations. McKay argues that these workers gain resilience from the bonding networks they construct for themselves through social media, faith groups, and community centers. These networks generate an elaborate "archipelago of care" through which migrants create their sense of self.

About the Author

Deirdre McKay is Senior Lecturer in Social Geography and Environmental Politics at Keele University. She is author of Global Filipinos: Migrants' Lives in the Virtual Village (IUP) and a Framing the Global fellow.