Manila, City of Islands: A Social and Historical Inquiry into the Built Forms and Urban Experience of an Archipelagic Megacity

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Paperback: $41.00
ISBN-13: 9789715509176
Published: November 2019

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238 pages | black and white photographs
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  • About the Book
  • You will never think of Manila the same again . . .

    Manila, City of Islands evokes Manila’s rhythms, colors and sights, capturing the city’s totality and uniqueness.

    Wise avoids the sententious clichés of the bad rich and the good poor. There are no heroic guerrillas or demonic Americans or redemptive romantic nationalists. Rather, he subtly explains urban behavior as a result of tensions between kinships and strangers, technology and history, and therefore explores in a clear-eyed manner the multiple layers of private cities that comprise Metro Manila, from the gated cities of the rich to the private worlds of the poor. The traditional public spaces of both the classical and modernist city have been almost eviscerated.

    With a wry skeptical eye, Wise melds painstaking urban anthropological-ethno-meth-odological observation, classic urban sociological analysis, and filleted social theorizing into a seamless elegant whole that rarely misses a beat.

  • About the Author(s)
    • Edwin Wise, Author

      Edwin Wise has a PhD in Sociology from La Trobe University. Wise has researched and taught varied social science topics at universities in Melbourne and Bendigo in Victoria, Australia. Most recently, he lectured on cities in the Asia Pacific region. He has won multiple awards for his Honors and Doctoral research.