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Book Review: Families Apart: Migrant Mothers and the Conflicts of Labor and Love

Book Review: Families Apart: Migrant Mothers and the Conflicts of Labor and Love book reviews 125 Families Apart: Migrant Mothers and the Conflicts of Labor and Love. By Geraldine Pratt. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press. 2012. ISBN: 978816669981. Families Apart is Geraldine Pratt’s long-term collaboration with the Philippine Women Centre (PWC) of British Columbia. The book elaborates a series of complex and intricate relations that are simultaneously intimate, global, public, mundane, emotional and political. The focus of the book is the heart-wrenching and unsettling stories of Filipina overseas workers who must leave their own children to care for more privileged children on the other side of the world. The stories, as treated by Pratt and the PWC, tear at the fabric of complacency over global injustices and forms of state violence that too easily hide behind a veil of popular ‘everybody’s a winner’ policy initiatives that are all too often endorsed by superficial academic studies. Families Apart is about the ways state violence perpetrated by Canada combines with state terrorism in the Philippines to create a vicious long-term lived experience for Filipina domestic workers and their families. Through the project, Pratt and the PWC experiment with different modes of story-telling, mixing scholarship, activism, theory and practice in seamless but always grounded ways. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Cultural Geographies SAGE

Book Review: Families Apart: Migrant Mothers and the Conflicts of Labor and Love

Cultural Geographies , Volume 20 (1): 2 – Jan 1, 2013

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SAGE
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© The Author(s) 2013
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1474-4740
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1477-0881
DOI
10.1177/1474474012461888
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book reviews 125 Families Apart: Migrant Mothers and the Conflicts of Labor and Love. By Geraldine Pratt. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press. 2012. ISBN: 978816669981. Families Apart is Geraldine Pratt’s long-term collaboration with the Philippine Women Centre (PWC) of British Columbia. The book elaborates a series of complex and intricate relations that are simultaneously intimate, global, public, mundane, emotional and political. The focus of the book is the heart-wrenching and unsettling stories of Filipina overseas workers who must leave their own children to care for more privileged children on the other side of the world. The stories, as treated by Pratt and the PWC, tear at the fabric of complacency over global injustices and forms of state violence that too easily hide behind a veil of popular ‘everybody’s a winner’ policy initiatives that are all too often endorsed by superficial academic studies. Families Apart is about the ways state violence perpetrated by Canada combines with state terrorism in the Philippines to create a vicious long-term lived experience for Filipina domestic workers and their families. Through the project, Pratt and the PWC experiment with different modes of story-telling, mixing scholarship, activism, theory and practice in seamless but always grounded ways.

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Published: Jan 1, 2013

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