Philippine Politics and Society in the Twentieth Century: Colonial Legacies, Post-colonial Trajectories

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Psychology Press, 2000 - History - 206 pages
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This text offers historical depth and sophisticated theoretical insight into contemporary life in the archipelago. Organized as a set of interrelated thematic essays rather than a chronological account, the book addresses key topics which should be of interest to the academic and non- academic reader, such as the national level electoral politics, economic growth, the Philippine Chinese, law and order, opposition, the Left, and local and ethnic politics. Drawing on a wide variety of primary and secondary sources, as well as over a decade of research since the 1990s and work in the area, Hedman and Sidel provide an overview of the contemporary and historical scene of a much misunderstood part of South East Asia. It should fill an important gap in the literature for anyone interested in understanding the Philippines as well as students of politics, Asian studies, comparative politics, economics and sociology.
 

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Contents

1 Introduction
1
2 Trasformismo and Philippine democracy
13
3 Morbid symptoms and political violence in the Philippines
36
4 Forget it Jake its Chinatown
65
5 The Last Hurrah revisited
88
6 Malling Manila
118
7 From Pugad Lawin to Pugad Baboy
140
8 The Sulu zone revisited
166
Bibliography
183
Index
199
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About the author (2000)

Eva-Lotta E. Hedman is senior research fellow at the Refugee Studies Centre, Queen Elizabeth House, University of Oxford.

John T. Sidel is Lecturer in South East Asia Politics at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London.

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