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In order to explain the material transformations occurring throughout Metro Manila’s landscape, this chapter outlines the architecture of an emergent return economy being produced in the Philippines. It describes the contemporary configuration of three components that are working simultaneously to reshape the social fabric and landscape of Metro Manila. Through an ethnographic investigation of transnational realtors, Filipino American investors, and business process outsourcing employees, this chapter utilizes the case of Metro Manila to demonstrate how the forces compelling the transformation of cities within major labor‑sending countries, while both global and neoliberal in shape, were created by decades of state policies...

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