Postcolonial Theory versus the Revolutionary Process in the Philippines

  • E. San JuanJr.


In the wake of the post-Cold War triumphalism of the neoliberal West wracked by recession and the terror of “ethnic cleansing,” it seems that a new ideology of recuperating “Manifest Destiny” and “The White Man’s Burden” has captured the attention of former subjects of U.S. tutelage: postcolonial theory. Whose “civilizing mission” is at stake this time? This belated notion of defamiliarizing reality and reaffirming Western hegemony has invaded the Philippines under the aegis of postmodernist cultural studies and its subdepartment, postcolonial studies and its local inflections. Globalizing entails localizing (Friedman 1990). What is the effect of this incursion?


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© E. San Juan 1998

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