Things Fall Away: Philippine Historical Experience and the Makings of Globalization (Paperback)
Philippine Historical Experience and the Makings of Globalization
Duke University Press, 9780822344469, 496pp.
Publication Date: May 1, 2009
Tadiar treats the historical experiences articulated in feminist, urban protest, and revolutionary literatures of the 1960s-90s as "cultural software" for the transformation of dominant social relations. She considers feminist literature in relation to the feminization of labor in the 1970s, when between 300,000 and 500,000 prostitutes were working in the areas around U.S. military bases, and in the 1980s and 1990s, when more than five million Filipinas left the country to toil as maids, nannies, nurses, and sex workers. She reads urban protest literature in relation to authoritarian modernization and crony capitalism, and she reevaluates revolutionary literature's constructions of the heroic revolutionary subject and the messianic masses, probing these social movements' unexhausted cultural resources for radical change.