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A Sea of Rhetoric: Conjuring Kalayaan

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Title: A Sea of Rhetoric: Conjuring Kalayaan
Authors: Beatty, Dylan
Advisor: Jones, Reece
Keywords: political geography
Spratly Islands
Scarborough Shoal
the Philippines and the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea
rhetoric
Issue Date: May 2015
Publisher: [Honolulu] : [University of Hawaii at Manoa], [May 2015]
Abstract: This thesis demonstrates several findings. First, there is an overwhelming congruence within the press releases of the DFA, DND and OPP in recent years, demonstrating that the primary strategy to achieve Philippine claims lies in international law and arbitration. In this way, Philippine political elites are able to represent the state as a law-abiding, peaceful member of the international community. Consequently, this allows them to dichotomously depict the PRC, implicitly and explicitly, as undermining an equitable resolution to this dispute and as bucking international norms. Furthermore, Philippine political elites may perceive no other alternative to this strategy in the face of the military might of the PRC. Second, cartography is used by Philippine political elites as a discursive argument to support Philippine claims to the WPS. However, several of these maps are challengeable, particularly historic representations of Kalayaan and Bajo de Masinloc. Third, the imagining of Philippine territory has evolved over the eras of Spanish colonialism (1521-1898), American colonialism (1898-1946) and postindependence. The year 1898 marks one significant reconceptualization of Philippine space while recent adherence to the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) marks another radical shift in understanding Philippine space.
Description: MA University of Hawaii at Manoa 2015
Includes bibliographical references (leaves 100–111).
Pages/Duration: 112 leaves
URI/DOI: http://hdl.handle.net/10125/50878
Rights: All UHM dissertations and theses are protected by copyright. They may be viewed from this source for any purpose, but reproduction or distribution in any format is prohibited without written permission from the copyright owner.
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