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Migrant remittances and household development: an anthropological analysis


Eversole, R and Johnson, M, Migrant remittances and household development: an anthropological analysis, Development studies research, 1, (1) pp. 1-15. ISSN 2166-5095 (2014) [Refereed Article]


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DOI: doi:10.1080/21665095.2014.903808


Over the past decade, influxes of remittances from overseas workers, mostly sent to families back home, have begun to attract policy and scholarly attention for their potential development impacts. This article seeks to answer the question: What is the development impact of these remittances for the households that receive them with reference to field data from remittancereceiving households in the Philippines. Recognising that different ‘development logics’ inform different understandings of development, this article analyses field data on migrant remittances with reference to three common sets of development logics: economic development, social development and sustainable livelihoods. It then dialogues and extends these findings with qualitative data on the way remittance-receiving households themselves understand the role of migrant remittances. An anthropological approach brings these different logics into dialogue, illustrating the complexity of households’ quest for economic, social and livelihood outcomes, and the need to understand the contexts that influence their ability to meet their development goals at home and abroad.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:migrant remittances; anthropology of development; households; Philippines
Research Division:Human Society
Research Group:Anthropology
Research Field:Anthropology of development
Objective Division:Indigenous
Objective Group:Pacific Peoples community services
Objective Field:Pacific Peoples community services not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Eversole, R (Professor Robyn Eversole)
ID Code:96754
Year Published:2014
Deposited By:Institute for Regional Development
Deposited On:2014-11-19
Last Modified:2015-04-30
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