The prize committee is delighted to announce that Maria Tanyag’s article “Invisible labor, invisible bodies: how the global political economy affects reproductive freedom in the Philippines,” published in the International Feminist Journal of Politics, has been voted the winner of the 2018 Australian International Political Economy Network (AIPEN) Richard Higgott Journal Article Prize.
Tanyag builds on past work by feminist scholars examining “the links between the global political economy, social reproduction and gender-based violence.” In her article, she seeks to show “how the work of social reproduction is harnessed to service economic activity at the cost of rights to bodily integrity with the aid of religious fundamentalist ideologies that (re)inscribe discourses of female altruism such as the ‘self-sacrificing mother’ ideal.” Applied to the specific case of the Philippines, Tanyag argues that “the control of women’s bodies is integral to the Philippines’economic strategy of exporting care workers in a competitive global political economy,” in a manner that is “abetted by local Catholic religious fundamentalists who challenge reproductive rights reform at various levels of policy-making and legitimize the lack of investment to sustain social reproduction in the household, community and country as a whole.”
Taken as whole, the Committee viewed this piece as of substantial import to IPE debates in terms of its theoretical advance, empirical focus, and practical relevance to making sense of global political trends.
The prize will be awarded at the upcoming 10th AIPEN workshop in Perth and Maria Tanyag will be invited to write a PPE post on the winning article.
Winners of the AIPEN Richard Higgott Journal Article Prize
2018 – Maria Tanyag, “Invisible labor, invisible bodies: how the global political economy affects reproductive freedom in the Philippines.” International Feminist Journal of Politics 19(1):39–54 (2017).
2017 – Samanthi J. Gunawardana, ‘“To Finish, We Must Finish”: Everyday Practices of Depletion in Sri Lankan Export-Processing Zones’, Globalizations, 13:6 (2016): 861-75.
2016 – Gareth Bryant, ‘“Fixing” the Climate Crisis: Capital, States and Carbon Offsetting in India’ (co-authored with Siddhartha Dabhi and Steffen Böhm), Environment and Planning A, 47:10 (2015).
2015 – Ainsley Elbra, ‘Interests Need Not be Pursued if They Can be Created: Private Governance in African Gold Mining’, Business and Politics, 16:2 (2014).