Monday, January 25, 2010

Books on The Philippines

Here are five books on the Philippines from our latest issue of Selections:
  • Give Jesus A Hand! Charismatic Christians: Populist Religion and Politics in the Philippines by Christl Kessler and Jurgen Ruland. This book explores the surge of Charismatic and Pentecostal Christianity in the Philippines. The authors question common perceptions of Charismatic Christians as under-privileged masses and depict the Charismatic success as a genuinely religious phenomenon, which nevertheless might have political repercussions. With notes, bibliography and index.
  • A Nation Aborted: Rizal, American Hegemony, and Philippine Nationalism by Floro C. Quibuyen. This book traces the trajectory of the Philippine nationalist movement from its inception in the late nineteenth century to its deformation and co-optation by U.S. imperialism in the early years of the twentieth century - through a genealogy of the rise and fall of the symbol of Rizal, the national hero. This revised second edition includes an expanded Chapter 10 as well as a new Chapter 11, which explores the place of Japan and America in the postcolonial consciousness. With notes, bibliography and index.
  • Philippine English: Linguistic and Literary Perspectives edited by Lourdes Bautista and Kingsley Bolton. This volume provides an overview and analysis of the role of English in the Philippines, and is composed of four parts. Part I deals with the sociolinguistic context with contributions from Philippine scholars drawn from fields such as anthropology, education, linguistics and literary studies. Part II focuses on linguistic description of the features of Philippine English. Part III deals with the literary creativity of Philippine writers in English, with chapters on colonial education, postcolonialism and nationalism, poetry, short fiction and novel, regional writers and diasporic Philippine literature. Part IV comprises a research bibliography.
  • The U.S. and the War On Terror in the Philippines edited by Patricio Abinales and Nathan Gilbert Quimpo. This collection of individually referenced essays explores the theme of the US and the "war on terror" in Mindanao, from various perspectives and levels of analysis. The topics covered include: nature and significance of the terrorist threat; history and dynamics of terrorism in the southern Philippines; the armed conflict between the Philippine government and Muslim separatists; joint US-Philippine efforts to wipe out the Abu Sayyaf; and controversy over and public perceptions of the fights against terrorism.

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