The southern Philippines as a settler colonial site: Christopher John Chanco, ‘Frontier polities and imaginaries: the reproduction of settler colonial space in the Southern Philippines’, Settler Colonial Studies, 2016
Abstract: By asserting the realities of settler coloniality in the evolution of southwestern Mindanao as a frontier space, this paper addresses a phenomenon consistently disavowed in mainstream historiographical accounts of the region. It raises three other broad concerns. First, that while resources, territory, and population are factors that figure centrally in the political economy of settler colonialism, they may equally be said to be bound up with the practices of state sovereignty in general, involving ‘white’ settler colonial relations as well as ‘indigenous’ ones competing for spatial hegemony at the frontier. Second, that these processes are embedded in historical narratives of the frontier and its inhabitants that echo, in similar or divergent ways, well into the present. Finally, that settler colonial studies would benefit from a stronger engagement with the political geographic literature and with analyses of the production of (post)colonial state space.
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