Frontier Constitutions: Christianity and Colonial Empire in the Nineteenth-Century Philippines

Frontier Constitutions: Christianity and Colonial Empire in the Nineteenth-Century Philippines

by John D. Blanco

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Frontier Constitutions is a pathbreaking study of the cultural transformations arrived at by Spanish colonists, native-born creoles, mestizos (Chinese and Spanish), and indigenous colonial subjects in the Philippines during the crisis of colonial hegemony in the nineteenth century, and the social anomie that resulted from this crisis in law and politics. John D. Blanco argues that modernity in the colonial Philippines should not be understood as an imperfect version of a European model but as a unique set of expressions emerging out of contradictions—expressions that sanctioned new political communities formed around the precariousness of Spanish rule. Blanco shows how artists and writers struggled to synthesize these contradictions as they attempted to secure the colonial order or, conversely, to achieve Philippine independence.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780520255197
Publisher: University of California Press
Publication date: 02/24/2009
Series: Asia Pacific Modern , #4
Edition description: First Edition
Pages: 390
Product dimensions: 6.30(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.30(d)

About the Author

John D. Blanco is Assistant Professor of Comparative Literature at University of California, San Diego.

Table of Contents

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Introduction: Political Communities, "Common Sense," and the
Colonial State

Chapter 1. Imperial Christendom and the Colonial State
Chapter 2. Special Laws and States of Exception
Chapter 3. Customs/(Ka)Ugali(an)

Chapter 4. Publics
Chapter 5. Aesthetics
Chapter 6. Values/Norms

Chapter 7. Gothic
Epilogue: Colonialism and Modernity



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"Blanco keenly addresses the challenges and contradictions presented by Spanish colonialism in the age of enlightenment, modernity, and the birth of liberalism."—Philippine Studies

"Useful resource."—Journal of Ecclesiastical History

"[A] delightful reading that brings hope for tying Filipino history and world history into greater affinity."—World History Connected

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