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An Anarchy of Families: State & Family in the Philippines

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Winner of the National Book Award for Social Sciences, this pioneering volume reveals how the power of the country's family-based oligarchy both derives from and contributes to a weak Philippine state. From provincial warlords to modern managers, prominent Filipino leaders have fused family, politics, and business to compromise public institutions and amass private wealth- ...more
Paperback, Sixth printing 2010, 552 pages
Published June 1st 1994 by Ateneo de Manila University Press (first published June 1st 1993)
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DC
Simply put: this is a shocking (though interesting) look into the lives of some of the most powerful families in the Philippines. It almost makes one want to cry in angry anguish, honestly speaking.
Michael Gerald
Dec 15, 2016 Michael Gerald rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The family as an institution is always exalted in the Philippines; it is often presented in popular discourse, through the media, that a family that bonds together is a good thing. While true, popular perceptions of the family often preclude its darker side, that familial interests have been detrimental to the politics and political economy of the country.

An Anarchy of Families is a classic text on the relationship between the Philippine state and society, specifically the socio-economic elites
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Tito Quiling, Jr.
I started reading this volume right on the 12th, coinciding with the Philippine Independence Day. While it has been transparent that generations of powerful surnames have been controlling major components of Philippine society, the essays in this book revealed that socioeconomic power goes all the way back to our first colonial masters, where these families were able to manipulate their status by anchoring on the temper of the times and switching allegiances like taking off their day coats. All ...more
Nathan
Mar 09, 2013 Nathan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is an intimate look at Philippine political economy through detailed studies of local, clan-based power struggles. I am not usually a fan of edited collections, but this collection is thematically tight, well-researched, and morbidly gripping.
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Dr Alfred W. McCoy is professor of SE Asian History at the U. of Wisconsin at Madison where he also serves as director of the Center for SE Asian Studies, a federally-funded National Resource Center. He's spent the past quarter-century writing about the politics & history of the opium trade. In addition to publications, he serves as a correspondent for the Observatoire Geopolitique des Drogues ...more
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