The Dynamics of Power in a Philippine Municipality

This book represents an attempt to describe and understand the struggle for power in a lowland community in the Philippines.

Among other things, it:

  • establishes that politics is one of the many faci for a continuing power struggle waged by opposed personal alliance groups;
  • shows how alliance groups are temporary and unstable coalitions dictated by common interest and mutual advantage; and
  • brings out that kinship, while important, is not anywhere so crucial as it is commonly thought to be.


Mary R. Hollnsteiner

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