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Filipinos in Tasmania : a gendered analysis of diaspora and resistance

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Clark, Juliet (2004) Filipinos in Tasmania : a gendered analysis of diaspora and resistance. Research Master thesis, University of Tasmania.

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Abstract

This thesis investigates the experiences of Filipino women who have migrated
from the Philippines to Tasmania, Australia. Commonly referred to as 'mail-order
brides', the women discussed in this thesis have migrated to Australia for the purpose
of marriage, usually after a process of letter writing and friendship. Utilising the
theoretical sociology of Pierre Bourdieu and other postmodern theorists such as
Michel Foucault and Judith Butler, this thesis argues that Filipino women in Tasmania
do not regard themselves as 'victims', as suggested in many scholarly and media
representations of 'mail-order brides'. Instead, based on the accounts of Filipino
women living in Tasmania, this thesis provides new insights into the 'mail-order
bride' phenomenon, questioning and challenging the many assumptions that are often
made about their migration. The ultimate aim of this thesis is to provide alternative
realities to the stereotypes of Filipino women married to Australian men. It will be
argued that many of the Filipino women who migrate to Australia for marriage cannot
be regarded as 'victims', but rather as autonomous agents: they often resist and
challenge dominant social and gender regimes at various junctures in their lives.
To provide a sense of social and historical depth to these arguments, this thesis
will examine some of the cultural conditions in the Philippines that may influence
Filipino migration to Australia. I explore how neo-colonialism in the Philippines has
had both a positive and negative influence on Filipino women. I also examine some of
the underlying structures of patriarchy in the Philippines in relation to ideology,
sexuality and labour. In this section of this thesis, I utilise Bourdieu's theories of
capital and empowerment to further understand the complexities of gendered
migration to Australia. This thesis also engages with issues of identity within the context of
multiculturalism and social divisions in Australia. I show how social policies on
multiculturalism do not adequately account for the hybridity of interracial subjects
such as Filipino women who migrate to Australia. Furthermore, this thesis offers a
theoretical account of how Filipino women and their families are sites for the
development and articulation of a hybrid identity.

Item Type: Thesis (Research Master)
Keywords: Filipinos, Women immigrants
Copyright Holders: The Author
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Thesis (M.A.)--University of Tasmania, 2004. Includes bibliographical references

Date Deposited: 25 Nov 2014 00:53
Last Modified: 11 Mar 2016 05:54
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