Ghosts of futures present: Photographs in the Filipino migrant archive

Deirdre McKay

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    Abstract

    This article explores the role of photographs in shaping the social selves of Filipino temporary labor migrants. Examining the production of photographic self-images by Filipino migrants in Hong Kong and their reception in the Philippines, I show how people deploy photography as a technology to bring into being their desired future selves. By making present ghosts of the future, photographs of the self shape distinctive translocal subjectivities.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)381-392
    Number of pages12
    JournalVisual Anthropology
    Volume21
    Issue number4
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - Jul 2008

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