[Blueboard] Book of the Month: Communities at the Margins

Maricor E. Baytion mbaytion at ateneo.edu
Fri Jun 4 08:38:01 PHT 2004

Book of the Month: COMMUNITIES AT THE MARGINS: Reflections on Social, Economic,
and Environmental Change in the Philippines, edited by Hiromitsu Umehara and
Germelino M. Bautista

COMMUNITIES AT THE MARGINS provides snapshots of issues in contemporary
Philippine rural society set against the changes that transpired from the 1920s
to the 1990s. 

Focusing on microlevel conditions in communities in Antique, Cavite, Dalaguete,
Negros Occidental, Nueva Ecija, South Cotabato, among others, the case studies
in the book reveal the complex interrelation of population movements, economic
underdevelopment, state inefficacy, environmental degradation, and peoples'
survival strategies. 

Concentrating on the poor in denuded and non-irrigated areas with low levels of
agricultural production and fisherfolk facing a depleted fishery resource, the
case studies narrate various means of coping with poverty in a degraded
environment. These survival strategies, however, reflect the limits of
household efforts. It is thus imperative to undertake collective and macrolevel
actions beyond the uncoordinated decisions of individual households to break
out of the impoverishing effects of erratic growth cycles and address the
intergenerational character of poverty. 

The book includes contributions by Germelino M. Bautista, Atsuko Hayama, Shinzo
Hayase, Hiroko Nagai, Yoshiko Nagano, Koki Seki, Yoshiki Seki, Tsutomu
Takigawa, and Hiromitsu Umehara. Cover (by JB dela Pena) and contents (also
below) may be viewed at http://www.ateneopress.com.


Chapter 1	
Hiromitsu Umehara, Germelino Bautista		

Chapter 2 	
Southern Mindanao as a Modern Frontier 	
Shinzo Hayase	

Chapter 3	
Agricultural Colonization and Environmental  Change in Koronadal Valley, 
South Cotabato	
Hiromitsu Umehara	

Chapter 4	
The Landless and the Uplands: Transformation in Southeastern Nueva Ecija	
Atsuko Hayama	

Chapter 5	
Forest Policy and People's Survival Strategy in the Postlogging Community 
in the Sierra Madre	
Yoshiki Seki	

Chapter 6	
Reconstructing Environmental Change in the Foothills of Mount Kitanglad Natural
Germelino M. Bautista	

Chapter 7	
Maritime Migration in the Visayas: A Case Study of the Dalagueteñon Fisherfolk
in Cebu	
Koki Seki	

Chapter 8	
Labor Migration and Survival Strategy of Sugarcane Workers in Negros

The Case of Hacienda Hilongga
Yoshiko Nagano	

Chapter 9	
Labor Migrations and its Implications on Rural Philippine Communities of Panay
Case Studies of Simbola and Igbobon, Antique	
Hiroko Nagai	

Chapter 10 	
Land Conversion and its Impacts on Rural Philippines: 
Case Study of Cavite Province	
Tsutomu Takigawa	


COMMUNITIES AT THE MARGINS: Reflections on Social, Economic, and Environmental
Change in the Philippines, ed. Hiromitsu Umehara and Germelino M. Bautista
(c 2004, 326pp, 6 x 9 in, ISBN 971-550-464-7) is now available at the Press
bookshop and soon in good bookstores nationwide. 


Ateneo de Manila University Press
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1108 Quezon City, Philippines

Tel 63-2-4265984; 4266001 ext 4612/3
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                            -Ben Okri

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