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A Generation Later: Household Strategies and Economic Change by James F. Eder

By James F. Eder

For many of the 20 th century, migrant settlers from the Philippines have validated homesteads and new methods of existence on Palawan Island, a one-time wooded area desert. at the island's coastal plains and within the hilly inside, settlers have created dynamic and wealthy groups in keeping with in the community variable combos of agricultural and non-agricultural lifeways. This quantity offers an research of socioeconomic swap in a single Palawan settler group based in the course of the Nineteen Forties. according to special info on the degrees of group, family and person spanning a 25-year interval (1970-1995), the chapters focus on 3 uncomplicated issues: the advance of a post-frontier village financial system; loved ones options for survival and prosperity; and person pursuits as they relate to rules approximately social status and private worthy. those topics are hooked up into an built-in research of switch in the neighborhood throughout time and set in the context of wider alterations in society.

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Markets and jobs have brought considerable prosperity to San Jose, a prosperity for which it is well known in the city. Traveling along the feeder roads that connect the interior portions of the community with the main highway, one encounters many new and substantial houses of hardwood or masonry construction. Some belong to former town dwellers and other recent arrivals, but some too have been put up by first- or second-generation San 38 Chapter 2 Jose residents who have made good. Most such houses are well-equipped, with full complements of furniture, refrigerators, televisions, and other appliances.

San Jose residents figure prominently in more local traffic, mostly by tricycle and motorcycle, connecting the community and its peri-urban neighbors, San Pedro and Santa Monica, with produce markets, jobs, and schools in Puerto Princesa City. Markets and jobs have brought considerable prosperity to San Jose, a prosperity for which it is well known in the city. Traveling along the feeder roads that connect the interior portions of the community with the main highway, one encounters many new and substantial houses of hardwood or masonry construction.

First, it is not particularly helpful to villainize upland farmers in the Philippines, whether indigenous or migrant; most are just trying to make a living and have few alternatives in life. Just as poverty and unsolved agrarian problems in densely populated agricultural lowlands have driven millions of Filipinos into the Philippine uplands, including Palawan’s uplands, to begin with, so too do such factors as poverty, land tenure insecurity, and lack of access to credit—rather than greed, ignorance, or ecological insensitivity—explain the environmental damage that many migrants admittedly do after their arrival in places like Palawan.

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