Thursday, July 27, 2006

Marxism, Hegemony, and the Cooperatives of the Filipinos (Daniel Boone Schirmer Memorial Lectures on Marxism in the Philippines)

Virginia A. Teodosio
Associate Professor
School of Labor and Industrial Relations
University of the Philippines-Diliman

Mario I. Miclat
Asian Center
University of the Philippines-Diliman

Eduardo T. Gonzalez
Asian Center
University of the Philippines-Diliman

07 August 2006 (Monday)
1:00-2:30 p.m.
Pulungang Claro M. Recto
Bulwagang Rizal (Faculty Center)
University of the Philippines-Diliman


This paper explores the relationship of Gramci’s Marxism and the cooperative movement in the Philippines. The movement’s expanding base from microfinance, health, housing to agribusiness, presents a critical perspective, not always found in mainstream texts, with which to understand and explain an emancipatory social phenomena in contemporary Philippine society. The cooperatives of the Filipinos represent a distinct alternative that exists within capitalism. To what extent then can cooperatives, built from the bottom up, help create the conditions in the country for a counter hegemony? What has been the significance and implications of the cooperatives in terms of civil society being a precondition to the democratic process?

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