(De)Militarized Domesticity: Reconfiguring Marriage, Gender, and Family among Filipino Navy Couples

Title(De)Militarized Domesticity: Reconfiguring Marriage, Gender, and Family among Filipino Navy Couples
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2015
AuthorsSuarez, Theresa C.
JournalWomen, Gender, and Families of Color
Volume3
Issue2
Start Page190
Pagination190-208
Date PublishedFall 2015
Abstract

Through sixty in-depth interviews conducted with immigrant Filipino Navy families in San Diego, California between 2004 and 2005, I examine how the U.S. military, as a colonial institution, transformed conceptions of race, gender, and family and reconfigured these structures by regulating and authorizing certain notions of intimacy, marriage, motherhood/fatherhood, and family life based on an ideal of white bourgeois domesticity. I argue that the family construct that promotes social and cultural citizenship for Filipino Navy families can potentially destabilize the U.S. military institution.

URL http://www.jstor.org/stable/10.5406/womgenfamcol.3.2.0190
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