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Transnational Relationships,Transforming Selves: Filipinas Seeking Husbands Abroad

Bulloch, Hannah; Fabinyi, Michael

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The desire of Filipinas to find husbands abroad, particularly of European extraction, is difficult to ignore for the anthropologist who continually finds him/herself positioned as a potential transnational dating agent, chat-room tutor or even highly eligible marriage prospect. Extending analyses that view this phenomenon as multifaceted and irreducible to economics, we situate the search for transnational marriages in the context of imaginings of self and other. Drawing on ethnographic...[Show more]

dc.contributor.authorBulloch, Hannah
dc.contributor.authorFabinyi, Michael
dc.date.accessioned2015-12-10T22:27:25Z
dc.identifier.issn1444-2213
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1885/54198
dc.description.abstractThe desire of Filipinas to find husbands abroad, particularly of European extraction, is difficult to ignore for the anthropologist who continually finds him/herself positioned as a potential transnational dating agent, chat-room tutor or even highly eligible marriage prospect. Extending analyses that view this phenomenon as multifaceted and irreducible to economics, we situate the search for transnational marriages in the context of imaginings of self and other. Drawing on ethnographic research in two areas of the Philippines, we consider some of the ways in which Western men are constructed as desirable marriage partners, relating this to broader imaginings of national difference. We then argue that finding a foreign husband may be about more than changing personal and familial circumstances, more even than a desire for the romanticised other. The desire for transnational marriage can be seen as part of a process of self-actualisation: a quest for knowledge and experience of the world through which a paradox of self and other can be reconciled and the self remade.
dc.publisherRoutledge, Taylor & Francis Group
dc.sourceAsia Pacific Journal of Anthropology, The
dc.subjectKeywords: Balikbayan; Gender; Marriage Migration; Occidentalism; Palawan; Philippines; Resubjectification; Self And Other; Siquijor; Transnational Relationships
dc.titleTransnational Relationships,Transforming Selves: Filipinas Seeking Husbands Abroad
dc.typeJournal article
local.description.notesImported from ARIES
local.identifier.citationvolume10
dc.date.issued2009
local.identifier.absfor160104 - Social and Cultural Anthropology
local.identifier.ariespublicationu3923986xPUB294
local.type.statusPublished Version
local.contributor.affiliationBulloch, Hannah, College of Arts and Social Sciences, ANU
local.contributor.affiliationFabinyi, Michael, College of Asia and the Pacific, ANU
local.description.embargo2037-12-31
local.bibliographicCitation.issue2
local.bibliographicCitation.startpage129
local.bibliographicCitation.lastpage142
local.identifier.doi10.1080/14442210902856857
dc.date.updated2016-02-24T10:20:43Z
local.identifier.scopusID2-s2.0-68149163402
local.identifier.thomsonID000265868700005
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