Seafaring citizenship: What being Filipino means at sea and what seafaring means for the Philippines

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Abstract

This article considers international seafarers’ experiences of being Filipino aboard ship. Existing scholarship on overseas Filipino workers has focused on land-based migration, neglecting the experiences of Filipino seafarers – who dominate the international seafaring labour market – and the space of the ship as an important site in which diasporic identities are mediated. The author argues that seafarers’ experience of being ‘in the same boat’ provides a metaphor for the state’s promotion of a particular form of seafaring citizenship that enables and encourages mobility.

Author-supplied keywords

  • Migration
  • Nationhood
  • Philippines
  • Post-colonial nation-state
  • Seafaring
  • Shipping

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  • Olivia Swift

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