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Title: Can the Subaltern Play? Postcolonial Transition and the making of Basketball as the National Sports in the Philippines
Keywords: sports,historical sociology, subaltern theory, postcolonialism, national identity, cultural studies
Issue Date: 30-Jul-2009
Citation: LOU APOLINARIO ANTOLIHAO (2009-07-30). Can the Subaltern Play? Postcolonial Transition and the making of Basketball as the National Sports in the Philippines. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: This study examines the convergence of subalternity, postcolonialism, and the formation of a national sporting culture in the Philippines. In pursuing this goal, the historical-sociological inquiry looks into the origins of basketball's introduction and popularity, the patterns of its spread and significance, and its relationship with the formation of the Philippine nation-state. Its analysis centers on how basketball developed from a colonial implant to a popular national pastime through a set of complex and contradictory processes that paralleled the emergence of a national consciousness. Hence, basketball is generally seen as an abundant repository of countless events and narratives, of various symbols and representations that provides an opportunity for a unique perspective in understanding some important aspects of Philippine history, culture, and society.

The development of basketball in the Philippine brings about various practical and theoretical issues, which inform current discourses on the social significance of sport as well as the larger domains of historical sociology and postcolonial studies. How did Philippine basketball evolved from a colonial implant to a popular national sporting culture? What is the relationship between the emergence of national basketball culture and the formation of national identity? How would a sociological analysis of the integration of the colonial sport of basketball into mainstream Philippine culture contribute to existing discourse on cultural imperialism and postcolonialism? Clearly, such questions invite a closer look at the complex relations between imperialist sport cultures and the general cultural consciousness, and the ways in which they are dialectically and historically informed.
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