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Robyn Magalit Rodriguez

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780816665273

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816665273.001.0001

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The Emergenceof Labor Brokerage

The Emergenceof Labor Brokerage

U.S. Colonial Legacies in the Philippines

(p.1) 1 The Emergenceof Labor Brokerage
Migrants for Export

Robyn Magalit Rodriguez

University of Minnesota Press

This chapter recounts the history of labor brokerage in the Philippines. The institutional forerunners for contemporary labor brokerage can be traced to the colonial labor system established by the Americans during the twentieth century. Labor brokerage became a practicable strategy for the government as international migration from the Philippines had already been normalized under the U.S. colonial administration. The Philippine state took advantage of these historical legacies, as well as new forms of global labor demand, in order to profit from the export of its citizens. Neoliberalism in the Philippines today is basically a consequence of neocolonial structures.

Keywords:   Philippine labor brokerage, American colonial labor, U.S. colonial administration, global labor demand, neoliberalism, neocolonialism

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