An Anarchy of Families: State and Family in the Philippines

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Winner of the Philippine National Book Award, 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-an historic pattern that persists to the present.
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Overview

Winner of the Philippine National Book Award, 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-an historic pattern that persists to the present.
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“These vivid portraits suggest that pursuing family history provides one way to indicate how the Philippines operates and what partially inhibits a better future for its citizens.”—John A. Larkin, Pilipinas

“[These] case studies reveal in startling detail the close interconnection between power and wealth. They also demonstrate the resilience of the elite families in the face of dramatic changes in [Philippine] politics and long periods of social turbulence.”—Alex Magno, The Manila Chronicle

“Makes an important contribution to Southeast Asian s. These essays are based on intensive scrutiny of primary sources and they tell us much that we could not learn from other publications.”—Glenn A. May, University of Oregon

“Rends the canopy of ‘civility’ and ‘culture’ surrounding the ruling families of the Philippines, revealing long histories of opportunism and violence.”—Patricio Abinales, Kyoto University

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780299229849
  • Publisher: University of Wisconsin Press
  • Publication date: 1/28/2009
  • Series: New Perspectives in Se Asian Studies Series
  • Edition description: 1
  • Pages: 600
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Alfred W. McCoy is J.R.W. Smail Professor of History at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. His books include The Politics of Heroin and A Question of Torture: CIA Interrogation from the Cold War to the War on Terror.

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Table of Contents

"An anarchy of families" : the historiography of state and family in the Philippines 1
Entrepreneurs in votes and violence : three generations of a peasant political family 33
Walking in the shadow of the big man : Justiniano Montano and failed dynasty building in Cavite, 1935-1972 109
Patron as client : warlord politics and the Duranos of Danao 163
Mohamad Ali Dimaporo : a modern Maranao Datu 243
Political families and family politics among the Muslim Maguindanaon of Cotabato 285
The dream goes on and on : three generations of the Osmenas, 1906-1990 311
Ilustrado legacy : the Pardo de Taveras of Manila 347
Rent-seeking families and the Philippine state : a history of the Lopez family 429
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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 13, 2003

    Insightful Read on Political Culture of the Philippines

    In 'An Anarchy of Families', editor McCoy provides readers with an outstanding opening summation of the relationship between the relatively weak Filipino state and the dominant elite families from a geographical cross-section of the Philippines. The contributing authors provide highly readable and often entertaining accounts of local political bosses while illuminating McCoy's broader views on the truth behind a bureaucratic polity masquerading as a 'democracy.' At once both fascinating and frustrating, this is a 'must-read' for anyone who wants to understand the truth about Philippine political culture and the complexities encountered in a transitional democracy.

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