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In Pursuit of ProgressNarratives of Development on a Philippine Island$
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Hannah C. M. Bulloch

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780824858865

Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: September 2017

DOI: 10.21313/hawaii/9780824858865.001.0001

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Living off the Land

Living off the Land

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In Pursuit of Progress

Hannah C. M. Bulloch

University of Hawai'i Press

This chapter expands on the exploration of meanings of development at the personal and familial level, finding narratives of development woven into personal histories and aspirations. It recounts the life stories of four village residents, revealing that they understand the local livelihoods of fishing and farming as inextricably tied to poverty and formal education and labor migration as key to breaking from the land. These desires for upward mobility through education and migration are more than economic – they are part of a desire to become a cosmopolitan person, a person at home in the wider world and admired in the village. In this sense, local notions of development on Siquijor concern changes in cultural style, bodily form and knowledge.

Keywords:   fishing, farming, rural livelihoods, education, migration, employment, family, reciprocity, cosmopolitanism, self-transformation

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