Tolosa - Challenging false narratives of EDSA II and...

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... Thursday, 08 February 2001 ..... Challenging false narratives of EDSA II and democracy By Benjamin T. Tolosa ..... L IKE everyone else who was one with People Power II, whether physically or at a distance, I am appalled by the accounts that completely misunderstand what happened (and these are not only "Western" narratives because some of them are articulated by Asians based, for example, in HK and Singapore). ..... But I think we should be careful not to make the mistake of invoking "Philippine exceptionalism" to defend ourselves against these attacks (i.e., that Filipinos had to take "exceptional" measures because of our less than developed democratic institutions). This position concedes a crucial point in the development debate: that it is social systems such as those of the US or Singapore which are "normal" and "mature", while those like the Philippines are "deviant" and "immature". ..... If we examine them carefully, these narratives are simply recycled versions of the old colonial and modernization discourses that have been debunked again and again. Don't misinterpret my argument, however, as advocating relativism. Let there be a genuine debate about what constitutes democratic
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This note was uploaded on 05/15/2010 for the course SEA 215 taught by Professor Lorenryter during the Winter '10 term at University of Michigan.

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