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25. Grassroots Globalization:
Reforestation and Cultural Revitalization in the Philippine Cordilleras
Translated by Alexander Brown
February 28, 2019.
Rapidly advancing globalization impacts indigenous people worldwide. In this long-term study of a remote village famous for its World Heritage-listed rice terraces, where the people actively confront globalization, Shimizu Hiromu considers the extent to which globalization has penetrated even the remote mountains of the Philippines at the grassroots level. The book examines globalization in Ifugao Province since Spain’s colonization of the Philippines and Ifugao resistance through to the new wave of migrant workers traveling overseas, who have experienced a shift in their life-world and confrontation point with global powers from their home country to an away-game arena. By focusing on the village of Hapao and its reforestation and cultural revival movement led by Lopez Nauyac, as well as the work of world-renowned film director Kidlat Tahimik and his attempt to remake himself as an authentic Filipino through Nauyac’s inspiration and strategic essentialism, this book examines globalization from the periphery and shows that we are all deeply connected in the contemporary era of globalization.
The Japanese original of this book won the Japan Academy Prize in 2017, the most prestigious academic publication prize in Japan. It was bestowed upon a cultural anthropologist for the first time. The book also received the eleventh Japanese Society of Cultural Anthropology A ward in 2016.