Projects of Power, Discourses of Dissent

Edsel L. Beja Jr.


The theme of this Kasarinlan volume is “Political Economy of Ideas.” It brings together five interesting papers with a common thread on ideas embedded in discourse. Generally, discourses in economics, politics, and society get less attention than the actual flows of money, commodities, and people, perhaps because ideas are even more fluid, intangible, and changing. Yet, discourse, which is not independent of the socioeconomic realities of those doing it, defines what gets to be discussed, to be seen, to be printed, and so forth; and, in turn, such attention redefines the discussions, the visions, and the publications.

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