Resto Cruz is Lecturer in Social Anthropology at the University of Edinburgh. His work centres on how lives and relationships unfold over time, the traces that accumulate in their wake, and how they are shaped by, and generate, wider historical transformations. He has conducted ethnographic and archival research in the Philippines and the United Kingdom.
His current book project examines social and geographical mobility in post-1945 central Philippines: how parent-child ties and siblingship propelled the pursuit of upward mobility, but were also transformed by the shifts that they engendered. This project is based on 14 months of ethnographic and archival research, and 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.
Before rejoining Edinburgh, 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 (PI Professor Penny Tinkler). 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.
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
I am keen on supervising students with projects related to any of my research interests, especially those working on Southeast Asia and the UK.
I am on sabbatical leave during Semester 2 of the 2021/22 academic year. If you would like to set a meeting, please send me an email.
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Cruz R, Tinkler P, Fenton L. The kinship of bioinformation: Relations in an evolving archive. In Gonzalez-Polledo EJ, Posocco S, editors, Bioinformation Worlds and Futures. Abingdon: Routledge Taylor & Francis Group. 2021. p. 54-74 https://doi.org/10.4324/9780367810030-4
Tinkler P, Cruz R, Fenton L. Recomposing persons: Scavenging and storytelling in a birth cohort archive. History of the Human Sciences. 2021 Jul 1;34(3-4):266-289. https://doi.org/10.1177/0952695121995398
Cruz R. Siblingship beyond siblings? Cousins and the shadows of social mobility in the central Philippines. Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute. 2020 Jun 30;26(2):321-342. https://doi.org/10.1111/1467-9655.13250
Cruz R. An inheritance that cannot be stolen: Schooling, kinship, and personhood in post-1945 Central Philippines. Comparative Studies in Society and History. 2019 Oct;61(4):894-924. https://doi.org/10.1017/S0010417519000240
Cruz I R. Figures of migration: Gender, kinship, and the politics of representation. Philippine Studies: Historical and Ethnographic Viewpoints. 2012 Dec 31;60(4):513-554. https://doi.org/10.1353/phs.2012.0039