Migrant platformed subjectivity: Rethinking the mediation of transnational affective economies via digital connectivity services

Cabalquinto, Earvin and Wood-Bradley, Guy 2020, Migrant platformed subjectivity: Rethinking the mediation of transnational affective economies via digital connectivity services, International Journal of Cultural Studies, vol. 23, no. 5, pp. 787-802, doi: 10.1177/1367877920918597.

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Title Migrant platformed subjectivity: Rethinking the mediation of transnational affective economies via digital connectivity services
Author(s) Cabalquinto, EarvinORCID iD for Cabalquinto, Earvin orcid.org/0000-0001-7269-0184
Wood-Bradley, GuyORCID iD for Wood-Bradley, Guy orcid.org/0000-0001-8571-3605
Journal name International Journal of Cultural Studies
Volume number 23
Issue number 5
Start page 787
End page 802
Total pages 16
Publisher SAGE Publishing
Place of publication Thousand Oaks, CA
Publication date 2020-09-01
ISSN 1367-8779
1460-356X
Keyword(s) Social Sciences
Cultural Studies
citizenship
emotionalising
migrant subjectivity
mobility
platform
remittance
EMOTIONS
Summary This article investigates how commercial and government-based sectors in the Philippines deploy emotive mechanisms to promote the importance of connectivity services in addressing the affective and transnational needs of overseas Filipinos. By combining a walkthrough method with critical discourse analysis, the study compares and contrasts the interface, operating model and mode of governance of three selected case studies in the Philippines: Western Union, LBC Express Inc. and BaLinkBayan. The findings reveal that the emotionalising techniques of connectivity services construct what we call ‘platformed migrant subjectivity’. This conception articulates migrants as economic subjects and valued clientele within the commercial infrastructures and operations of an online platform. In sum, this article takes a nuanced approach to examine how commercial and government institutions utilise online platforms in mobilising emotional, transnational and digital transactions, which may redefine a migrant’s subjectivity, mobility and citizenship in a digital era.
Language eng
DOI 10.1177/1367877920918597
Indigenous content off
Field of Research 15 Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services
19 Studies in Creative Arts and Writing
20 Language, Communication and Culture
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2020, The Authors
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