About the book:
In the rural context of the Philippines, it is a platform for political suicide for a public official to practice a rigid dichotomy as an official civil servant and a private patron when he/she is approached by an individual. A politician, whether he/she is a barangay council, barangay captain, city councilor or mayor, does not, as often as assumed, interact with their constituents within the authoritative official job description per se… their politicking extends to areas such as if or when a rural folk knocks on the door, the politician has to entertain even in the middle of the night (beyond office hours); and the politician has to entertain requests outside public offices such as during funerals or wedding events.
Deriving from an ethnographic research in a mundane barangay in the Philippines, the book revisits patron-client relations by paying attention to the cultural specificity of the barangay livelihood, religious practices and interpretation, emotions, and social and moral values inscribed in the villagers’ everyday experiences.
About the author:
Soon Chuan Yean teaches political science at the Universiti Saints Malaysia. He uses cultural studies and social-anthropological approaches to comprehend Southeast Asian societies, particularly the Philippines.
Publisher: University of Santo Tomas Publishing House
Publication Date: 2015
Size: 153 x 230mm