Date of Award

1-1-2011

Document Type

Dissertation

Degree Name

Ph.D.

Department

Human Communications

First Advisor

Bernadette Calafell

Keywords

Filipinas, identity, intersectionality, narrative inquiry, transnational feminism, work

Abstract

Neoliberalism, through its emphasis on personal responsibility and individual freedom in accelerating economic development globally, has only pushed women further into the margin of society. Structural adjustment programs (SAPs), which impose state budget cuts on healthcare and welfare programs, particularly have kept poor women and women of color in poverty and generally, have exploited women's labor. However, in this age of neoliberalism, women's solidarity becomes more significant. Because neoliberalism is founded on individualism, its downfall rests on alliance-building. Against this backdrop, I explore the possibility of fostering transnational feminist solidarity between privileged and marginalized women engaged in formal caring work. I have used narrative inquiry in conducting this study to find out whether the signifying practices of care may potentially organize women without ignoring their differences. I examine specifically the narratives of a Filipina caregiver and a Filipina care administrator in the Inland Empire. I argue that caring work opens a space of possibility for building transnational feminist alliances because it enables BeLonging, loving, and transformation.

Provenance

Recieved from ProQuest

Rights holder

Beverly Natividad

File size

179 p.

File format

application/pdf

Language

en

Discipline

Communication, Women's studies, Asian American studies

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