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Monetary Authorities: Capitalism and Decolonization in the American Colonial Philippines

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posted on 29.09.2022, 21:33 authored by Allan LumbaAllan Lumba

In Monetary Authorities Allan E. S. Lumba explores how the United States used monetary policy and banking systems to justify racial and class hierarchies, enforce capitalist exploitation, and counter movements for decolonization in the American colonial Philippines. Lumba shows that colonial economic experts justified American imperial authority by claiming that Filipinos did not possess the racial capacities to properly manage money. Financial independence, then, became a key metric of racial capitalism by which Filipinos had to prove their ability to self-govern. At the same time, the colonial state used its monetary authority to police the economic activities of colonized subjects and to curb movements for decolonization. It later offered a conditional form of decolonization that left the Philippines reliant on U.S. financial institutions. By showing how imperial governance was entwined with the racialization and regulation of monetary systems in the Philippines, Lumba illuminates a key mechanism through which the United States securitized the imperial world order.

Funding

Virginia Tech as part of the TOME initiative

History

Publication date

2022

ISBN (Open Access)

9781478022794

ISBN (Print - Cloth)

9781478015550

ISBN (Print - Paper)

9781478018186

Publisher Name

Duke University Press