chapter  6
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The political process of making migrants

In his writings Foucault reveals a fascination with the doubling of the term discipline. On the one hand, the term refers to practices of societal control, as manifest in the “disciplining of bodies.” On the other hand, the term refers to identifiable bodies of knowledge, such as geography or sociology. Foucault views these two usages of “discipline” as inseparable. Dialectically, knowledge of bodies produces bodies of knowledge and vice versa. Made in the Philippines addresses the making of migrants, not only as objects of control but also as objects of knowledge. This book, consequently, places the study of gendered migration within a poststructural feminist framework and questions the ontological meaning of migrants and migration.