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The Philippines: In Search of Justice

Series: Oxfam Country Profiles

By: Charlie Pye-Smith

64 pages, B/w photos, 1 map


Paperback | Dec 1997 | #83513 | ISBN: 0855983671
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Describing a country at a crossroads, this work examines the Philippines, poised to emulate the example of the neighbouring South Asian tiger economies despite being burdened with a mountian of debt, a legacy from the corrupt and inefficient government of President Marcos. But there will be many Filipinos who will not share in any increased prosperity that might result, in particular the indigenous inhabitants of the region, whose life-style is dependent on the rapidly disappearing forests. This book explains how they are making efforts to secure land rights and more control over the resources they need. Also featured are the many fishing communities of the islands, whose livelihoods are being destroyed by international factory fleets, and who are also struggling to survive.

Possibly the most valuable contribution made by Oxfam's flourishing Country Profiles series is to remind us of the diversities too often obscured by generalisation ... These Country Profiles would add flesh and blood to the austerities of development studies at A-level and beyond. Michael Storm, TES.


Introduction; The feudal past; Philippines 2000; The last frontier; Between the devil and the deep blue sea; Trouble on the lake; Pushed to the limits; God, nature and other practical matters; Claiming the land; The mining dilemma; Living dangerously; Strategies for survival; A tale of two cities; In search of justice; Facts and figures; Community Aid Abroad in the Philippines.

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Charlie Pye-Smith is a journalist with a particular interest in developing countries, and has travelled widely in the region.

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