The Sovereign Trickster
In The Sovereign Trickster, Vicente L. Rafael offers a prismatic view of the age of Rodrigo Duterte in the Philippines. Framing Duterte as a trickster, Rafael weaves together topics ranging from the drug war, policing, and extrajudicial killings to neoliberal citizenship, intimacy, and photojournalism. Locating Duterte's rise within the context of counterinsurgency, neoliberalism, and the history of electoral violence while drawing on Foucault's biopower and Mbembe's necropolitics, Rafael outlines how Duterte weaponizes death to control life.
Ateneo de Manila University Press, Philippines
Softcover / 9 x 6 inches / 173 pages / BW