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A Sea of Rhetoric: Conjuring Kalayaan

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dc.contributor.advisor Jones, Reece
dc.contributor.author Beatty, Dylan
dc.date.accessioned 2017-12-18T20:57:10Z
dc.date.available 2017-12-18T20:57:10Z
dc.date.issued 2015-05
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10125/50878
dc.description MA University of Hawaii at Manoa 2015
dc.description Includes bibliographical references (leaves 100–111).
dc.description.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.
dc.format.extent 112 leaves
dc.language.iso eng
dc.publisher [Honolulu] : [University of Hawaii at Manoa], [May 2015]
dc.relation Theses for the degree of Master of Arts (University of Hawaii at Manoa). Geography.
dc.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.
dc.subject political geography
dc.subject Spratly Islands
dc.subject Scarborough Shoal
dc.subject the Philippines and the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea
dc.subject rhetoric
dc.title A Sea of Rhetoric: Conjuring Kalayaan
dc.type Thesis
dc.type.dcmi Text
dc.contributor.department Geography and Environment
local.thesis.degreelevel MA
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