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TOWARDS A RELEVANT FILIPINO SOCIOLOGY IN THE AGE OF GLOBALIZATION AND POSTMODERNITY

What does globalization entail?


Reorganization of social relations Compression of time and space Weakening power of nation-states Globalization of risk and increased reflexivity of individuals and collectivities which has given rise to international social movements

These social movements in turn have had a great impact on local politics
Peace Ecology

Indigenous peoples rights


Womens rights

New forms of social regulation of bodies


Technologies of the self Discipline of virtual bodies

Uneven development and creation of global inequalities

The Philippines at the losing end of globalization Filipinos cannot isolate themselves from the globalizing process At the losing end for they are at the receiving end of the flow of information and technology

Limited power to contest the flow and subvert existing global networks

Search for a national identity


Weakening of nation-states in the global order
How can the nation cope with this weakening process? How do global policies, treaties and pacts and multilateral arrangements contribute either to the diminution or increase in the nations bargaining power in the international scenes.

Redefinition of nation over various identity groups created by globalization

Reinvention of the nation along lines of multiculturality, interculturality and hybridity.


Identity politics and life politics

Philippine Sociology in the Context of Globalization and Postmodernity


It must address the issue of relocalization or the strengthening of local ties and culture in the midst of the creation of a global culture. Provide wide-ranging and concrete steps on how the nation can cope with the weakening process. Sensitivity to emerging global social movements while situating these movements within the colonial narrative

Provide analyses on how global policies, treaties and pacts and multilateral arrangements contribute to the diminution or increase of the nations bargaining power in the international scene

Should not be a mere pawn of the state


Should be able to criticize attempts by the state to implement policies that are exclusionary against certain collective identities

Provide a critical analysis of the technologies of the self and confront new forms of subjectification. Critical sociology of science and development in the country and link it to transnational capitalism, identifying trajectories of power, domination and resistance

Articulate the dialectic between the local and the global by shedding light on the impact and materialization of globalization in everyday life. See how class inequalities are reproduced and class relations in local conditions are disrupted as a result of globalization.

Employing judiciously Western theories when appropriate to illuminate local and global conditions while at the same time deconstructing the social and ideological origins of these theoretical tools.

Reference
Lanuza, G. (September 2003). Towards a Relevant Filipino Sociology in the Age of Globalization and Postmodernity. Philippine Quarterly of Culture & Society , 31 (3), 240-254.