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E world Instead of talking about just anybody's biography we refer to one's own life long project of building and negotiating selfhood as ongoing achievements subject to the blind imprints of the past the contingencies of the present and our individual collective strivings for a better future The discourse of nationhood and social responsibility pervades every area of Philippine social science The Filipino natio. This was a reuired reader in my Introduction to Sociology class It helped me understand the field in a way that connects to my experiences as a Filipino Worth the read even for non academic purposes

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N is unfinished business and therefore it is understandable that in public discourse the nation's needs take moral precedence over individual fulfillment Thus the book takes up the troubled uest of the modern Filipino for autonomy and meaning in the bosom of his own society a young nation that is itself aspiring to grown into full moderm nationhood in a globalized and some say postmodern erafrom the introduction. An application of sociological concepts to Philippine context David carries out the legacy of Mills in addressing issues of the society through his brilliant sociological imagination as well as his co authors This is a must read for people who would want to make sense of social issues in the Philippines such that they will be aware of the beliefs and concepts governing their conduct in the community The Academy is unfinished business and therefore Full Dark, No Stars it If Only Once (The Martelli Brothers, is understandable that 1000 sitios que ver en España al menos una vez en la vida in public discourse the nation's needs take moral precedence over La ética de la crueldad individual fulfillment Thus the book takes up the troubled uest of the modern Filipino for autonomy and meaning 3052 in the bosom of his own society a young nation that Mercator itself aspiring to grown Pasos perdidos en Granada into full moderm nationhood Suffering and no suffering in a globalized and some say postmodern erafrom the Can We Live 150 Years? introduction. An application of sociological concepts to Philippine context David carries out the legacy of Mills The Beautiful Things That Heaven Bears in addressing Robs Shiny Dumptruck issues of the society through his brilliant sociological Business English imagination as well as his co authors This Mama Glow issues Fire in the Sky in the Philippines such that they will be aware of the beliefs and concepts governing their conduct olga spessivtzeva in the community

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The present volume invites the student to learn sociology by looking at her own formation as a human being growing up and living in a society that time incessantly shapes and organizes in a specific but ultimately predictable way Instead of talking about society in the abstract we give it names our families our communities the Filipino nation or the vast planet that we must share with the different nations of th. Randolf Randy S David b 1946 present is a Filipino television host journalist and professor emeritus of sociology at the University of the Philippines UP in uezon City From David s Sunday newspaper column from 1995 to 2001 he collected his short essays and anthologized them into book form which he entitled as Nation Self and Citizenship Consisting of 368 pages or 18 newspaper articles the compilation or book was published in 2002 by UP with grant from the Commission on Higher Education David structured his book into three parts nationhood selfhood and citizenship His former UP students and then colleagues individually introduced each part that brought together David s episodic reflective and impressionistic ideas Each major part of David s book has a theme andor sub theme before the essays each consisted mostly of than 650 words For example in the first part of the book after Josephine Dionisio s introduction the major theme was Situating the Filipino Nation and the first sub theme was A The Nation and Its Past prior to the first article on Why We Remember p v Most if not all of David s collected articles offered realistic accessible and convenient way of making his literary genre indeed a fitting invitation to Philippine sociology p i iii I thus have presented my review of David s book as followsFirst David s thematic collection ranged from the self family community Asia and to the world pp 1 368 He discussed both his own and other people s private and public selves He shared about his experiences of himself children wife parents and grandparents At a deeper level of his own individuality he elaborated on his early memories aspirations and realizations in life In view of Filipinos history and culture David explicated on individual moral destiny for oneself and others and its effect on societies In other words his stories preceded individual narratives at the national and international levels concerning Filipinos and other peoples ways of life As a Filipino he shared his fellow local and other migrant Filipinos sufferings and achievements At a global level he also shared his experiences travelling abroad and learning of peoples cultures Much of what he observed than a decade ago was still true these days one way or the otherSecond David s reflective column writings were bent on sociological and philosophical concepts theories and events concerning traditionalism modernity and postmodernism which were evident from the local to the international contexts He discussed about individual citizens mass media politics economics globalization Internet and his long term vision which offered a necessary imagination for people to connect them with their own experiences and lives In most if not all of David s narrative ideas he stated that people should decide for themselves and not simply depend on anyone else s opinions He implied in many of his essays that he did not spoon feed people of his ideas but explained to them what was going on for them to have the necessary and clear perspectives to decide for themselves as individuals groups or Filipinos in generalThird David achieved its aim of writing a book intended for university student and even to professionals emphasis in italics was mine His essays offered a convenient starter to serious academic study on sociology Not only did David use ordinary and comprehensible English language understandable even by laypersons but also entertained audience like me to read on his diverse collection of essays as in a precise and indirect reiteration he employed everyday knowledge reflective analysis and incisive insights He treated his essays with less specialist treatment even when he discussed different subject matters under applied sociology For unspecialized students and ordinary individuals he provided suggestive perspectives on social matters using sociological and philosophical concepts In advanced courses in sociology students can explore in depth issues in each articleAt a deeper review and analysis of David s works for the period 1995 to 2001 Filipinos knowledge and understanding of sociological concepts were indeed mostly based on direct observations and experiences about Filipino families education society and the world Evidence of that analysis was that Filipinos have ambivalence in their values making them to cope up much better in the face of contradictions and perplexities of life Increasingly however many Filipinos were becoming literate hence getting rid of ignorance with the advent and increasing impact of the Internet As such David somehow provided the theoretical bases in which daily social life was a daily interchange of knowledge norms and practices Indeed given David s collected short essays that were less technical and commonsensical they offered excellent way to appreciate Philippine sociology at work As a former graduate student I already had sufficient scholarly background advanced specialized training and familiarity with the English language that I also used for my theoretical reflections Likewise I developed understanding of sociological philosophical and political concepts that David touched upon in many of his essays However much of David s essays should still incorporate verifiable data to aid in increasingly making available uantifiable facts and not just ualitative narratives especially in a postmodernist world Nevertheless David s book as a whole made me to relate to and reflect on most of his essays themes use of ordinary language and sensible treatment of each subject that is rather than using abstruse academic discourses Given that David s 2002 articles reflected the strengths and limitations of Philippine sociology during the period 1995 to 2001 I suggest that he should publish another two anthologies for the periods 2002 to 2009 and 2009 to 2017 respectivelyReviewed by Dr Eric Datu Agustin


10 thoughts on “Nation Self and Citizenship

  1. says:

    Randolf “Randy” S David b 1946 – present is a Filipino television host journalist and professor emeritus of sociology at the University o

  2. says:

    I was able to read this book because of a class I took during the second semester of 2011 We based our discussion and group reports on this book Well most of it But even though we had this book the professor I got was phenomenal He's an extre

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    Socio 10 Being a Filipino

  4. says:

    Although it is tempting for me to pull the history card once again for this month’s article I opted to settle with an eually stimulating subject of sociology Randolf “Randy” David’s book Nation Self and Citizenship is an invi

  5. says:

    This was a reuired reader in my Introduction to Sociology class It helped me understand the field in a way that connects to my experi

  6. says:

    This made me want to pursue sociology in college

  7. says:

    An application of sociological concepts to Philippine context David carries out the legacy of Mills in addressing issues of the society through his brilliant sociological imagination as well as his co authors This is a must read for people who would want to make sense of social issues in the Philippines such that they will be aware of the beliefs and concepts governing their conduct in the community

  8. says:

    The collection of prof Randy David's articles and the introductions of his colleagues in the university did open my eyes and changed the way I felt about being a Filipino in modern day Philippines The sweet sentiments backed with the insights of some of the greatest thinkers of all time revealed the truth about the current situation of the nation which is both painful and liberating

  9. says:

    A compilation of David's weekly column in the Philippine Daily Inuirer They are short and sweet but each brings salient points to the issues of Philippine identity They would be perfect for the classroom especially a high school seminar or discussion group

  10. says:

    Indeed it is a collection of timeless and undeniably brilliant sociological think pieces exploring the modern identity of the Filipino Nation the creation of the self and the concept of citizenship

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