Saturday, November 28, 2009

Books on The Philippines

Over the last year or so, we have added significantly to our Philippines collection. Here are a selection of recent additions, chosen from different genres:
  • The Philippines: Mobilities, Identities, Globalization by James Tyner. Nearly five million migrant workers from the Philippines are employed in over 190 countries and territories. They work as doctors and domestic helpers, engineers and entertainers, seamstresses and surveyors. It is through their collective labour that the Philippines has assumed a global presence. For over five centuries the Philippines has been integrated into the world economy. Only recently, however, has the Philippines been a pro-active agent in the production of a global economy. Since the 1970s the Philippine state, in connection with myriad private institutions, has recruited, trained, marketed, and deployed a mobile work-force. Annually, approximately one million migrant workers travel to all corners of the world. The Philippines seeks to understand how the Philippines has become the world's largest exporter of government-sponsored temporary contract labour and, in the process, has dramatically reshaped both the processes of globalisation and also our understanding of globalisation as concept.
  • Amazons of the Huk Rebellion: Gender, Sex, and Revolution in the Philippines by Vina A. Lanzona. Labelled "Amazons" by the national press, women played a central role in the Huk rebellion, one of the most significant peasant-based revolutions in modern Philippine history. As spies, organisers, nurses, couriers, soldiers and even military commanders, women worked closely with men to resist the Japanese occupation and after World War II, to challenge the new Philippine republic. Vina Lanzona explores the Huk rebellion through the individual and collective experiences of its female participants. She demonstrates how the Huk women's presence raised complex questions of gender, family, and sexuality, and ultimately shaped the nature of the revolutionary struggle. With notes, bibliography and index.
  • Philippine Gay Culture: Binabae to Bakla, Silahis to Msm by J. Neil C. Garcia. Philippine Gay Culture is a descriptive survey of popular and academic writings on and by Filipino male homosexuals, as well as a genealogy of discourses of male homosexuality and the bakla and/or gay identities that emerged in urban Philippines from the 1960s to the present. This conceptual history engages recent events in the Philippines' sexually self-aware present, but also explores colonial history in showing how modernity implanted a new sexual order of "homo/hetero" and further marginalized the effeminate local identity of bakla. Garcia analyses several works by bakla writers and artists that narrate hybridity, appropriation, and postcolonial resistance and in their own way, enriched Philippine gay culture and the Philippines as a whole.
  • Presidential Bandwagon: Parties and Party Systems in the Philippines by Yuko Kasuya. In the wake of democratisation, one of the biggest challenges facing new governments is managing a smooth transition to democratic rule. How can newly elected governments stabilise their hold on power and consolidate democratic process? This book explores this issue by focusing on one of the most pressing issues in consolidating democracy: the stability of party politics. Applying both qualitative and quantitative analytical techniques and focusing on the case of the Philippines from a comparative perspective, the book analyses why the party system changed from a stable two-party system to an unstable multi-party system in the aftermath of democratisation in the Philippines. It also examines other issues such as patronage in elections, the pork barrel process and party organisation structure. With bibliography and index.
  • After The Romance: Communities and Environmental Governance in the Philippines by Karin L Gollin and James L. Kho. The Philippines has been a pioneer in granting communities greater involvement in managing natural resources, including forests, coastal resources and irrigation water. This book presents a collection of papers from a large review of Philippine community-based natural resource management. It focuses on the crucial role of governance in the pursuit of sustainability, with recommendation on issues ranging from property rights to compensation mechanisms, from international treaties to local multi-stakeholder bodies. With index.

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