When Objects Speak Louder Than Words: Food, Intimacy and Power in the Contemporary Transnational Filipino Household

  • Clement C. Camposano
Part of the Anthropology, Change, and Development book series (ACD)


This chapter explores the complex role of food in the struggle of migrant Filipino women not only to perform intimacy, but also to exercise new forms of domestic power, and craft more fulfilling narratives of the self in migration. It examines how food items, as part of the transnational traffic in goods via so-called balikbayan boxes, can give form and shape to the politics of self-making within what has been described as “global householding.” I argue that focusing analysis on the social life of food as they are trafficked across transnational space illumines how macro-historical processes like the deterritorialisation of culture can find roots in the mundane practices and struggles of ordinary people.


Food Self-making Migrants Balikbayan boxes Transnational households 


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