Dissertations @ Tricollege Ph.D. Philippine Studies Program

This section features abstracts and/or PDFs dissertations done in the Tricollege Ph.D. Philippine Studies Program. This list, under construction, covers research produced from 2013 onwards. View a list of theses from 1963 to 2012

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Kontra-Diskurso: Testimonial Narratives of Filipino Workers (1986-2012)

Posted in Dissertations @ Tricollege Ph.D. Philippine Studies Program

Traditionally, workers live on the fringes of society.  But workers also experience marginality in the field of discourse and knowledge production, their “voices” considered insignificant, illegitimate, dangerous, and/or subversive.  Like other marginalized groups, workers’ experiences of subalternity and otherness are largely ignored in the linear/positivist/developmentalist conceptualization of history.   

Originally from Latin America, testimonios or testimonial narratives constitute a discursive strategy through which workers narrativize their experiences of injustice and articulate spaces of resistance.  Such narratives, which also circumvent Western, canonical conventions of literary aesthetics, serve as a collective, praxis-oriented mode of consciousness to reveal the workings of oppression and how they are—or can be—resisted.