Mai Taqueban

  • PhD Researcher
  • Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences Program group Anthropology of Health, Care and the Body

Efenita (Mai) M. Taqueban teaches social anthropology at the University of the Philippines, with interests in gender, global political economy and youth culture. Her previous researches focused on induced abortion in an urban poor community in Manila, where abortion is a criminal offense, and ICT use among refugee and migrant women in Mae Sot, Thailand.


Mai's research focuses on different groups of young women – sales workers in a cut-throat service sector defined by consumption, lesbians navigating and reimagining identity, and call center agents required to personify the global in a southern Philippine “boomtown.” Through her phenomenological approach, she treats the practices of chemical use among young women as a window on the frictions of modernity, on their experiences of the body, and how they imagine, negotiate, and reappropriate identity.

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(With Nikos Dacanay, Mary Luz Feranil and Ryan Silverio) Cybercafes and Community ICT Training Centers: Empowering Migrant Workers in Thailand. In Francisco J. Proenza (Ed.), Public Access ICT across Cultures, pp. 341-371. Massachusetts: MIT Press. (2015)

A Way Out in Eden: Maternal Health Crisis in Manila. Philippine Social Science Review 65/2:1-43. (2013)

Community Health Worker. In Joshua Barker, Erik Harms and Johan Lindquist (Eds.), Figures of Southeast Asian Modernity, pp. 41-43. Hawai’i: University of Hawai’i Press. (2013)

Taking Stock: A Survey of AIDS Response for MSM and TG People in the Philippines. Quezon City: Health Action Information Network and the United Nations Development Program. (2013)

Salam: Of Dislocation, Marginality and Flexibility. Social Science Diliman; Jul-Dec 2012, Vol. 8 Issue 2:1-27. (2012)