Postcolonial issues of identity, social control, power, representation, and culture
Translocal Essays on Filipino Cultures
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edited by Vicente L. Rafael
This collection brings together essays on the Philippines written in the wake of the Cold War and the Marcos regime. Cross-disciplinary by vocation and affiliated by their common engagement with the intersections of power, representation, and agency, the contributors probe the discrepant histories that underlie the formation of the Philippine nation-state and translocal Filipino cultures: the mestizo social hierarchy, colonial medicine, penal colonies, nationalist desire, diasporic literatures, gay beauty pageants, ideas of everyday violence, and state bulimia in the age of global capitalism.
As Filipinos and non-Filipinos, these writers are alert to and intimate with the distance and difference of their own object of study; they intend their essays on the Philippines to translate, localize, and reassess the stakes in current debates around the study of colonial modernity, nationalism, and postcoloniality.
"Rafael’s well-crafted introduction [has] imaginative power and visionary focus…there is substantial knowledge to be gained from it about, among other things, American colonialism in the Philippines, bakla subcultures, and Filipino joking and humour [sic]."
Notes on Contributors
Part I: The Routes of Power
Part II: Technologies of Colonial Rule
Part III: Nationalism and Diaspora
Part IV: The Aesthetics and Politics of the Everyday
Contributors: Benedict Anderson, Warwick Anderson, Oscar Campomanes, Fenella Cannell, Jean-Paul Dumont, Reynaldo Ileto, Martin Manalansan IV, Michael Salman, Neferti Xiua Tadiar, and the editor.
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