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Ghosts of Futures Present: Photographs in the Filipino Migrant Archive

McKay, Deirdre


This article explores the role of photographs in shaping the social selves of Filipino temporary labor migrants. Examining the production of photographic self-images by Filipino migrants in Hong Kong and their reception in the Philippines, I show how people deploy photography as a technology to bring into being their desired future selves. By making present ghosts of the future, photographs of the self shape distinctive translocal subjectivities.

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2008
Type: Journal article
Source: Visual Anthropology
DOI: 10.1080/08949460802156466


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