First Advisor

Sharon Carstens

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Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Anthropology and University Honors




Globalization -- Philippines -- Manila, Nationalism -- Philippines -- Manila, Manila (Philippines) -- Social conditions




This paper investigates the Philippine capital of Metro Manila, how it has been redeveloping as a "global city" over the past decade, and how the urban population has been negotiating the remarkable changes to their spatial, economic and sociocultural environment. The investigation assumes that a shift is occurring in the way that Filipinos identify with their country, moving from a national to a more international focus. Examined here are Metro Manila's premier global city site, Bonifacio Global City (BGC), public symbols of a Filipino nationalism, and the significant impact of the Philippine business process outsourcing (BPO) industry within the country's present economic context. The project references a research phase during the summer of 2012, including informant data and general observations of the city. The main arguments, however, shall be centred around discussions occurring in the present literature; results should be considered preliminary. Ultimately this limited study hopes to forward the discussion on the effect of globalisation on local populations, culturally and economically, and also contribute to discussions on postnationalism.


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