We are the Jews of today: Filipino Domestic Workers in Israel and the Language of DiasporaClaudia Liebelt
2008 Criticism 18 pages. Courtesy of HAGAR.HAGAR Studies in Culture, Polity and Identities 8.1 (2008): 63-81.
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Claudia Liebelt completed her Ph.D. in Social Anthropology in Halle and is a lecturer of social anthropology at the University of Bayreuth, Germany. Her research interests include urban anthropology, transnationalism, migration and citizenship, the Filipino labor diaspora, ritual and religion, gender, global care and domestic work, as well as the anthropology of the body. The scope of her work is reflected in her publications and her teaching, which includes courses on Transnational Migration, Care Work, Gender, Anthropology of Religion, the Middle East, the Body, and Medical Anthropology. She has conducted fieldwork in Israel, Morocco, Turkey and the Philippines.
In the framework of a comparative research project at Keele University (UK), she studied the “Sociality, Caring and the Religious Imagination in the Filipino Diaspora” (2007-2010, PI Professor Pnina Werbner). Among her publications is Caring for the ‘Holy Land’: Filipina Domestic Workers in Israel (Berghahn Books, 2011). She also co-directed an ethnographic documentary on Filipina return migrants in Manila, Cycles of Care, with Lizza M. David (UK/D 2011, 52 mins).
She currently works on a research project about aesthetic body modifications, beauty salons, feminity and the service sector in Istanbul, Turkey. Based on ethnographic research, this project seeks to contribute to our understanding of culturally informed, gendered bodily practices in their (urban) diversity, in defiance of the assumption of increasingly standardised beauty norms and images in an age of globalisation. Hereby, it seeks to investigate cultural imaginations of morality, public space, modernity, citizenship, technology and health in their relation to changing forms of gender and kinship in a global city.
- Born: Cologne, Germany
- Based: Bayreuth, Germany