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In Pursuit of Progress: Narratives of Development on a Philippine Island

In Pursuit of Progress: Narratives of Development on a Philippine Island The Asia Pacific Journal of Anthropology, 2020 Vol. 21, No. 2, pp. 178–195, https://doi.org/10.1080/14442213.2019.1661346 Book Reviews HANNAH C.M. BULLOCH Honolulu, University of Hawai‘i Press, 2017 Few concepts are as freighted—or as fetishised—as development. This is true every- where, but seems especially so wherever the term implies catching up with an elusive—and illusory—standard achieved elsewhere. In Pursuit of Progress,by Hannah C.M. Bulloch, takes us to one such place, the Philippines, where ‘develop- ment’ connotes not just four centuries of colonial rule, but also the aspirations of com- munities who maintain their own visions of what constitutes a good life. A lucid and engaging ethnography, In Pursuit of Progress asks what this ambivalent discourse means and does on the Visayan island of Siquijor. Bulloch finds that the island’s residents, Siquijodnon, largely internalise the notion that the Philippines is developmentally ‘behind’ as a result of its own moral, cultural, and political shortcom- ings. Drawn from nearly two years of fieldwork between 2004 and 2015 (p. 24), her interviews and interactions include a wide range of actors—from the hard-up coconut toddy vendor, Mirafel; to the upwardly mobile Joselito and Rosa, who managed to send all of their children to college; to the politically http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png The Asia Pacific Journal of Anthropology Taylor & Francis

In Pursuit of Progress: Narratives of Development on a Philippine Island

The Asia Pacific Journal of Anthropology , Volume 21 (2): 3 – Mar 14, 2020

In Pursuit of Progress: Narratives of Development on a Philippine Island

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The Asia Pacific Journal of Anthropology, 2020 Vol. 21, No. 2, pp. 178–195, https://doi.org/10.1080/14442213.2019.1661346 Book Reviews HANNAH C.M. BULLOCH Honolulu, University of Hawai‘i Press, 2017 Few concepts are as freighted—or as fetishised—as development. This is true every- where, but seems especially so wherever the term implies catching up with an elusive—and illusory—standard achieved elsewhere. In Pursuit of Progress,by Hannah C.M. Bulloch,...
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© 2019 Noah Theriault
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10.1080/14442213.2019.1661346
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The Asia Pacific Journal of Anthropology, 2020 Vol. 21, No. 2, pp. 178–195, https://doi.org/10.1080/14442213.2019.1661346 Book Reviews HANNAH C.M. BULLOCH Honolulu, University of Hawai‘i Press, 2017 Few concepts are as freighted—or as fetishised—as development. This is true every- where, but seems especially so wherever the term implies catching up with an elusive—and illusory—standard achieved elsewhere. In Pursuit of Progress,by Hannah C.M. Bulloch, takes us to one such place, the Philippines, where ‘develop- ment’ connotes not just four centuries of colonial rule, but also the aspirations of com- munities who maintain their own visions of what constitutes a good life. A lucid and engaging ethnography, In Pursuit of Progress asks what this ambivalent discourse means and does on the Visayan island of Siquijor. Bulloch finds that the island’s residents, Siquijodnon, largely internalise the notion that the Philippines is developmentally ‘behind’ as a result of its own moral, cultural, and political shortcom- ings. Drawn from nearly two years of fieldwork between 2004 and 2015 (p. 24), her interviews and interactions include a wide range of actors—from the hard-up coconut toddy vendor, Mirafel; to the upwardly mobile Joselito and Rosa, who managed to send all of their children to college; to the politically

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