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Resto Cruz

Resto Cruz
Dr Resto Cruz
Lecturer in Social Anthropology
3.13 Chrystal Macmillan Building 15a George Square Edinburgh UK EH8 9LD
+44 (0)131 655 11715
Research Interests
Kinship and relatedness, social mobility, life course research, Intergenerational relations, personhood, personal lives, Archives, Data Studies, Philippines, Southeast Asia, Britain, Youth, ageing, Inequality, class, bioinformation

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Resto Cruz is Lecturer in Social Anthropology at the University of Edinburgh, where he also completed his PhD in 2017. Originally a specialist on kinship, personhood, social mobility, and Southeast Asia, his interests now also include Great Britain, birth cohort studies and life course epidemiology, and archives and data. For his PhD, he examined how kinship ties (especially parent-child relations and ties of siblingship) enabled upward social mobility in post-1945 Philippines, but were transformed by the very processes that they engendered. Based on 14 months of ethnographic and archival research, it contributes to wider scholarship on the generative powers of kinship and personhood, as well as their complex and ambivalent character. It was supported by a Wadsworth International Fellowship from the Wenner-Gren Foundation for Anthropological Research. 

From June 2018 to September 2019, he was Research Associate at the University of Manchester, where he worked on the 'Transitions and Mobilities' project, an interdisciplinary study of postwar girlhood and youth transitions in Britain and their implications for later life. As part of this study, he was Visiting Researcher at the MRC Unit for Lifelong Health and Ageing at the Institute of Cardiovacular Science, UCL. As an Honorary Research Associate in Sociology at the University of Manchester, he continues to collaborate with colleagues there and at UCL.

Recent publications


Cruz, Resto. Forthcoming 2020. Siblingship Beyond Siblings? Cousins and the Shadows of Social Mobility in the Central Philippines. Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute 26 (2). [Open access and early view]

Cruz, Resto.  2019. An Inheritance that Cannot be Stolen: Schooling, Kinship, and Personhood in Post-1945 Central Philippines. Comparative Studies in Society and History 61 (4): 894-924. [Open access]

Cruz, Resto. 2012. Figures of Migration: Gender, Kinship, and the Politics of Representation. Philippine Studies: Historical and Ethnographic Viewpoints 60 (4): 513-54. [Available here]

Book reviews:

Cruz, Resto. 2018. When Carabaos Move into the City. (Review of Owners of the Map: Motorcycle Taxi Drivers, Mobility, and Politics in Bangkok by Claudio Sopranzetti). Anthropology of this Century 23. [Open access]

If you are interested in being supervised by Resto Cruz, please see the links below for more information:

MSc (R) Social Anthropology; MSc (R) Sociology