Tadiar, Neferti. 2009. Things Fall Away: Philippine Historical Experience and the Makings of Globalization. Durham : Duke University Press. Tadiar “develops a theory and method of reading experience as living labor,” which she hopes will aid the “collective efforts to come to a new understanding of politics in the contemporary global moment” (4). Living labor … Continue reading Annotation: Tadiar, Neferti. 2009. Things Fall Away: Philippine Historical Experience and the Makings of Globalization.
Manalansan, Martin F. 2003. Global Divas: Filipino Gay Men in the Diaspora. Durham: Duke University Press. The book fills a gap in the literature on globalization and transnationalism through an ethnography of Filipino gay (bakla) immigrants in New York, and the processes of identity formation in their everyday life. Manalansan discusses: the permeable boundaries of … Continue reading Annotation: Manalansan, Martin F. 2003. Global Divas.
Cañete, Aloysius Ma. L. 2008. Exploring Photography: A Prelude Towards Inquiries into Visual Anthropology in the Philippines. Philippine Quarterly of Culture and Society, 36(1/2):1-14 Visual anthropology remains marginal in the Philippines, and the article is written “to contribute to the groundwork for the mainstreaming of this field in the country” (2). The author uses the … Continue reading Annotation: Cañete, Aloysius Ma. L. 2008. Exploring Photography
Covar, Prospero. 1998. Larangan: Seminal Essays on Philippine Culture, Manila: Sampaguita Press. Pilipinolohiya (Chapter 4) is the systematic study of the Filipino psyche, and of Philippine culture and society. The Filipino, Covar writes, is like a banga (vessel), and s/he has: labas (exteriority), loob (interiority), and lalim (depth). Using structural functionalism and concepts from indigenous … Continue reading Covar, Prospero. 1998. Larangan
Holt, Elizabeth Mary. 2002. Colonizing Filipinas: Nineteenth Century Representations in Western Historiography. Quezon City: Ateneo de Manila Press. Borrowing Foucault's problematization of the past as a “succession of buried presents” (153), Holt looks at the first twelve years of American rule in the Philippines. Early historians, she writes, were caught up in patriarchically structured discourses, … Continue reading Annotation: Holt, Elizabeth Mary. 2002. Colonizing Filipinas
de Jesus, Melinda (ed). 2005. Pinay Power: Theorizing the Filipina/American Experience. New York: Routledge. In this collection of essays by Filipino American peminists, Peminism “signifies the assertion of a specifically Filipina American subjectivity, one that radically repudiates white feminist hegemony as it incorporates the Filipino American oppositional politics” (de Jesus, 5). Peminist theorizing requires the … Continue reading Annotation: de Jesus, Melinda (ed). 2005. Pinay Power
Jocano, F. Landa. 1969. Growing Up in a Philippine Barrio: Case Studies in Education and Culture. New York: Holt, Rinehart and Winston. Based on his fieldwork from 1955-65 done in a peasant community on Panay Island, Central Philippines, Jocano looks at the life cycle of the individual from birth to death (following Ruth Benedict) to … Continue reading Annotation: Jocano, F. Landa. 1969. Growing Up in a Philippine Barrio