Dr Deirdre McKay has recently recorded a podcast for the NGO consortium CDAC (Communicating with Disaster Affected Communities). Speaking with CDAC’s Advocacy Adviser Martin Dawes, the podcast is available to listen to here:
The work comes out of Dr McKay’s current book project An Archipelago of Care (Indiana, 2016). Read the blurb here:
Focusing on the experience of Filipino caregivers in London, some of whom are living and working illegally, Deirdre McKay considers what migrant workers must do to navigate a global marketplace. She draws on interviews and participant observations, her own long-term fieldwork in communities in the Philippines, and digital ethnography to show how migrant caregivers create stability in potentially precarious living situations. McKay argues that these workers gain resilience from the bonding networks they construct for themselves through social media, faith groups, and community centers. These networks generate an elaborate “archipelago of care” through which migrants create their sense of self.
Deirdre McKay is Senior Lecturer in Social Geography and Environmental Politics at Keele University. She is author of Global Filipinos: Migrants’ Lives in the Virtual Village (IUP) and a Framing the Global fellow.