Practices of resistance of Filipino migrant women in Germany

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Speaker : Davi de Carvalho Malheiros (doctoral researcher, Dyname laboratory (UMR7367) - European Dynamics, University of Strasbourg (France))

Title : Practices of resistance of Filipino migrant women in Germany

In this presentation, I will present my research findings from my PhD thesis on migrant resistance. Starting from the concepts of transnationalism (Boccagni, 2012), resistance (De Certeau, 1990 ; Payet, 2014, Salazar Parreñas, 2015) and oppression (Pfefferkorn, 2007), this research looked at the practices of Filipino migrant women in Germany while resisting oppression stemming from their structural position within various hierarchies (of gender, space, generation, class, nationality, etc.). Being practices that are shaped by different logics, possibilities and constraints according to both migrant’s structural position in the home society and in the host society (that same practices reveal) and to the paradoxes (as tenets contrary to received opinion), and contradictions (a proposition […] that asserts or implies both the truth and falsity of something) (Merriam Webster, 2022) that originate from the same position (and that same practices also unveil), they equally disclose Filipino migrant lives in Germany as situated within transnational but still “State centered” (and constrained) spaces. A sort of “spatial understanding” of concept of resistance is what stands out of Filipino women’s migrant practices of opposing oppression, as last concept proves to refer not only to the tactics of the weak (De Certeau, 1990) or to the acts of conscious social actors (Payet, 2014) for circumventing consequences of structural constraints but equally to the spatial dynamics (and their logics) molding what Filipino migrant women in Germany really do to face both locally and transnationally anchored difficulties of (daily) life. In addition to this, what come out of same practices are other possibilities of understanding current contexts of Filipino women migration to Germany following important research on the matter by Andrea Lauser in 2004.