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Taking a close look at Subic Bay—former U.S. military base, now a Freeport Zone— Victoria Reyes argues that its defining feature is its ability to elicit multiple meanings: for some, it is a symbol of imperialism and inequality, while for others, it projects utopian visions of wealth and status.
Victoria Reyes is Assistant Professor of Sociology at University of California, Riverside.
Julian Go:"Victoria Reyes brings us into a world that few observers have dared enter: the 'global borderland' that is the Philippines' Subic Bay, a former American military base. Through this invaluable and innovative ethnography, readers get to see, in vivid richness, the complex workings of money, love, sex, and power that characterize the afterlives of America's military empire in the Pacific. Sociology needs more historical ethnographies like this one."
M. J. Wert:"Global Borderlands has the makings of a scholarly classic, using methodologies from history, sociology, and anthropology to intervene in a broad range of fields, most notably borderland studies....Interwoven through each chapter is an engagingly descriptive ethnography with theoretical insights, which will appeal to scholars and students alike. Although the Subic Bay Freeport Zone in the Philippines, once a US naval base, is [Reyes'] case study, the book can be read productively by anyone working within borderland studies. Essential."
Rhacel Parreñas, Professor of Sociology and Gender Studies:"Rarely can a study account for practices of globalization from above and below while situating the events of today in its colonial past, but Victoria Reyes accomplishes this extraordinary feat with her concept of 'global borderlands.' This is a wide-reaching study that should be of interest to anthropologists, geographers, and legal scholars, and sociologists of intimacy, globalization, and economics."
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