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Everyday Politics in the Philippines: Class and Status Relations in a Central Luzon Village

Kerkvliet, Benedict J.

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ISBN 10: 0520066855 / ISBN 13: 9780520066854
Published by Univ of California Pr, 1990
Condition: Very Good Hardcover
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0520066855 Very good in rubbed dj. B/w photos. Political relationships among rice farmers; examines relations of status, roles, social identities, etc. *** 310pp. *** Index. *** 1st ed. > DJ Good | > Language: English | > Size: 8vo | > Media/Binding: Hardcover |. Bookseller Inventory # CORV-SEA-05066

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Title: Everyday Politics in the Philippines: Class ...

Publisher: Univ of California Pr

Publication Date: 1990

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Very Good

Dust Jacket Condition: Dust Jacket Included

Edition: 1st Edition

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In this rich and probing study, an experienced ethnographer examines the everyday politics of a rice farming village in central Luzon. Contending that the faction and patron-client relationships emphasized by conventional studies of Philippine politics turn out to be only one small part of political life, Kerkvliet offers a highly nuanced and fascinating portrait of political relationships among villagers. The world he portrays is complex and multifaceted: in a period of flux, relations of status and class shift as traditional roles give way to new social identities. Kerkvliet demonstrates how disputes about claims to land or controversies around wages lie at the heart of political life regardless of whether they manifest themselves in the usual "political arenas."

Kerkvliet shows how everyday politics gives evidence of contending beliefs about what is just and who has rights to particular resources. Furthermore, relationships between people in different class and status positions are far less harmonious than they might appear on the surface. Embedded in this contentious interaction are divergent ideas about how resources should be distributed—the privileged emphasize values supported by capitalism, while the poor press for rights to satisfy basic needs and for human dignity.

Everyday Politics in the Philippines is a comprehensive and masterful study that revises our notions of political life in rural areas of the Third World. It is a distinguished work of scholarship that will appeal to a broad range of social scientists.

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This rich study examines the everyday politics of a rice farming village in central Luzon. Contending that the faction and patron-client relationships emphasized by conventional studies are but one part of Philippine political life, Kerkvliet offers a nuanced and fascinating portrait of political relationships among villagers. The world he portrays is complex and multifaceted: in a period of flux, relations of status and class shift as traditional roles give way to new social identities. The author demonstrates how disputes over land or controversies around wages lie at the heart of political life regardless of whether they manifest themselves in the usual political arenas.

Kerkvliet shows how everyday politics illuminates contending beliefs about what is just and who has rights to particular resources. Furthermore, relationships between people in different class and status positions are far less harmonious than they might appear on the surface. Embedded in this contentious interaction are divergent ideas about how resources should be distributed―the privileged emphasize values supported by capitalism, while the poor press rights to the satisfaction of basic needs and to human dignity.

A comprehensive and masterful classic, Everyday Politics in the Philippines revises our notions of political life in the developing world. Now available again with a new preface, postscript, and updated bibliography, this updated edition will be welcomed by a broad range of social scientists.

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