David Barrows and perceptions of historical consciousness in the colonial Philippines

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This article explores American efforts in the colonial Philippines to instil a consciousness of history and modernity among Filipinos through a carefully crafted philosophy of time. It focuses primarily on David Barrow's work, History of the Philippine Islands (1905), as the ideal embodiment of a broad discourse permeating notions of superiority and inferiority, historicity and ahistoricity, and civilizational development - notions which shaped colonialism in the Philippines. This article argues that Americans were able to develop a sense of fundamental temporal difference with their colonial subjects - a fundamental difference that could be effectively employed and articulated to overcome shortcomings or inconsistencies in other discourses of colonial power.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)153-167
Number of pages15
Issue number1
StatePublished - Apr 1 2012

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Anthropology
  • Sociology and Political Science


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