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Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Fajardo's Filipino Crosscurrents

Professor Kale Fajardo published his book Filipino Crosscurrents: Oceanographies of Seafaring, Masculinities, and Globalization (University of Minnesota Press, 2011).
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Filipino Crosscurrents
Oceanographies of Seafaring, Masculinities, and Globalization
Kale Bantigue Fajardo
Filipino Crosscurrents
How migrant Filipino seamen navigate alternative masculinities in the global shipping industry
Filipino Crosscurrents examines the cultural politics of seafaring, Filipino maritime masculinities, and globalization in the Philippines and the Filipino diaspora. Drawing on fieldwork conducted on ships and in the ports of Manila and Oakland, and on an industrial container ship on the Pacific, Kale Fajardo argues that the Philippine state and economic elites promote Filipino masculinity and neoliberal globalization through Filipino seamen.
"Filipino Crosscurrents is a very exciting book, whose contributions include its rich data; its use of a multi-disciplinary approach, incorporating ethnography, history, and literature; and its 'crosscurrents framework' which looks at those in-between spaces that people inhabit."
--Rhacel Parrenas, University of Southern California