Unintelligible bodies : gender, time, and the political in the Philippines

Casumbal, Melisa Joan
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[Honolulu] : [University of Hawaii at Manoa], [August 2012]
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By what distribution of the sensible does a Kalinga woman revealing and squeezing her lactating breasts become an expression of rage and repudiation? What regimes of recognition are at work in the encounter between a Bontok woman elder who exposes a vengeful vulva, and the opponents she thus curses? How is the Muslim woman victim of electoral violence rendered incomprehensible because she cannot be situated in time? How can an interarticulated analysis of cinema and post/colonial regimes of pacification and policing counter such incomprehensibility? This dissertation addresses these questions by mobilizing embodiment as an image of thought as much as a category of analysis. I examine the corporealization and temporalization of the political through analyses of indigenous political subjectivity and necropower in the Philippines. My analysis of Bontok and Kalinga women's opposition to extractive sovereign power, indigeneity and Philippine cultural governance, and gendered violence and trauma associated with mass killing in Ampatuan, Mindanao highlights how gendered bodies are rendered eligible or ineligible for political claim-making. I argue for an entangled analysis of Philippine politics and contemporaneity that is attentive to masculine crisis and seeks to disrupt the instrumentalization of Filipina femininity.
Ph.D. University of Hawaii at Manoa 2012.
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Philippines, Cardillera, Mindanao, gender, temporality, embodiment
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Theses for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy (University of Hawaii at Manoa). Political Science.
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