Wherever I am, the world comes after me.
It offers me its busyness. It does not believe that I do not want it.
Now I understand 
why the old poets of China went so far
and high 
into the mountains, then crept into the pale mist.
"The Old Poets of China" by Mary Oliver

Former Asian Center Professorial Lecturer, Dr. Raul Pertierra, passed away on 7 April 2024. He was 82.

RAUL PERTIERRA, Ph.D. (1941-2024) 

Raul Pertierra, Ph.D. was a Professorial Lecturer of the Asian Center, University of the Philippines Diliman in the early 1990s and 2000s. He was also part of the International Advisory Board of the Asian Studies: Journal of Critical Perspectives on Asia, the Center’s pioneering journal publication. He contributed to several issues of the ASJ since the 1970s.
Before his death, he served as a visiting professor at the Ateneo De Manila University where he taught graduate courses in anthropology and sociology. He also supervised ethnomusicology majors at the Philippine Women’s University as visiting professor. In 2014, he served as the editor-in-chief of Sabangan, PWU’s Academic Journal.
He has published on various journal on the topics of social theory, culture, and politics. He held professorships in Australia (University of South Wales and the UNSW Sydney), Singapore, The Netherlands, and Finland before retiring in the Philippines (Pertierra 2019).
Reference: Pertierra, Raul. 2019. “The Cultures of a Globalized World.” Plaridel Journal of Communication, Media, Society 16 (1): 1-24. https://doi.org/10.52518/2020.16.1-01pertra.


Some of Dr. Raul Pertierra's publications are:
  • 1981. Review of Sociology and Psychology Essays, by Marcel Mauss. Oceania 51(3): 231–32. http://www.jstor.org/stable/40332257.
  • 1982. Review of The Flow of Life—Essays on Eastern Indonesia, by James J. Fox. Oceania, 53 (2), 199–200. http://www.jstor.org/stable/40330669.
  • 1983. “Viscera-Suckers and Female Sociality: The Philippine Asuang.” Philippine Studies 31 (3): 319–37. http://www.jstor.org/stable/42633556.
  • 1983. Review of Reconnaissances, by Rodney Needham. Oceania 53 (4): 407. http://www.jstor.org/stable/40330707.
  • 1985. “Forms of Rationality? Rationalization and Social Transformation in a Northern Philippine Community.” Social Analysis: The International Journal of Social and Cultural Practice 17: 49–70. http://www.jstor.org/stable/23171793.
  • 1985. “Kant and Social Anthropology.” Dialectical Anthropology 9 (1): 217–31. http://www.jstor.org/stable/29790132.
  • 1986. Review of Ideology, Identity and Change, by Carol Warren. Oceania, 57 (1): 68–69. http://www.jstor.org/stable/40332310.
  • 1988. “The Rationality Problamatique: An Anthropological Review of Habermas’ ‘The Theory of Communicative Action.’” Vol I. Social Analysis: The International Journal of Social and Cultural Practice 23: 72–88. http://www.jstor.org/stable/23169255.
  • 1988. Religion, Politics, and Rationality in a Philippine Community. Quezon City: Ateneo de Manila University Press.
  • 1990. “National consciousness and arenas of struggle: The contradiction of the Philippine state.” Asian Studies: Journal of Critical Perspectives on Asia 28: 1-34. https://asj.upd.edu.ph/index.php/archive/100-vol-28-1990.
  • 1990. “The Dutch as Voluntary Objects of Ethnology.” Etnofoor 3 (2): 79–87. http://www.jstor.org/stable/25757724.
  • ed. 1992. Remittances and Returnees: The Cultural Economy of Migration in Ilocos. Quezon City: New Day.
  • 1994. “Lured Abroad: The Case of Ilocano Overseas Workers.” Sojourn: Journal of Social Issues in Southeast Asia 9 (1): 54–80. http://www.jstor.org/stable/41056876.
  • 1994. Cultures and Texts: Representations of Philippine Society. Quezon City: University of the Philippines Press.
  • 1995. Philippine Localities and Global Perspectives: Essays on Society and Culture. Quezon City: Ateneo de Manila University Press.
  • 1996. Review of The Tasaday Controversy: Assessing the Evidence, by Thomas Headland. Oceania 67 (1): 74–5. http://www.jstor.org/stable/40331527.
  • 1996. Review of Visayan Vignettes: Ethnographic Traces of a Philippine Isla, by Jean Paul Dumont. Oceania 67 (1): 66–8. http://www.jstor.org/stable/40331521.
  • 1998. “Emancipation within Culture.” Public Policy 2 (4): 83-100. https://cids.up.edu.ph/wp-content/uploads/2022/03/Emancipation-within-Culture-vol.2-no.4-Oct-Dec-1998-5.pdf.
  • 1998. “The Future of Sociology and the Sociology of the Future.” Philippine Sociological Review 46 (1/2): 10–22. http://www.jstor.org/stable/23898140.
  • 1998. Review of Clash of Spirits: The History of Power and Sugar Planter Hegemony on a Visayan Island, by Filomeno V. Aguilar. Philippine Sociological Review 46 (1/2): 98–9. http://www.jstor.org/stable/23898148.
  • 1999. “Introduction.” Sojourn: Journal of Social Issues in Southeast Asia 14 (2): 275–94. http://www.jstor.org/stable/41056997.
  • 1999. Explorations in Social Theory and Philippine Ethnography. Quezon City: University of the Philippines Press.
  • 2000. “The Globalization of Culture: Possibilities and Threats.” Asian Studies: Journal of Critical Perspectives on Asia 36 (1): 134-47. https://asj.upd.edu.ph/index.php/archive/93-vol-36-no-1-2000.
  • 2000. “The Miseducation of the Filipino.” Philippine Daily Inquirer, 14 July 2000.
  • 2002. The Work of Culture. Manila: De La Salle University Press.
  • 2002. Txt-ing selves: cellphones and Philippine modernity. Manila: De La Salle University Press. (Co-authored with Eduardo R. Ugarte, Alicia Pingol, Joel Hernandez, Nikos Lexis Dacanay)
  • 2003. Science, technology, and everyday culture in the Philippines. Quezon City: Institute of Philippine Culture, Ateneo de Manila University.
  • 2004. “Globalism, Culture, and the Nation-State.” Philippine Studies 52 (1): 119–30. http://www.jstor.org/stable/42633687.
  • 2004. “More Muddles in the Models: Knowledge, the Nation-State and Philippine Social Science.” Aghamtao 10: 7-23. https://pssc.org.ph/wp-content/pssc-archives/Aghamtao/2004/vol%2010/1%20Knowledge,%20the%20Nation%20State%20and%20Philippine%20Social%20Science.pdf.
  • 2006. “Culture, Social Science & the Philippine Nation-State.” Asian Journal of Social Science 34 (1): 86–102. http://www.jstor.org/stable/23654401.
  • 2006. “The Role of Everyday Culture for a Scientific Orientation in Philippine Society: Are the Youth Any Different?” Philippine Sociological Review 54: 47–64. http://www.jstor.org/stable/23898296.
  • 2006. Transforming Technologies: Altered Selves, Mobile Phone and Internet Use in the Philippines. Manila: De La Salle University Press.
  • 2007. “Durkheim, Mobiles and the Sphere of the Social.” Philippine Sociological Review 55: 15–36. http://www.jstor.org/stable/23898243.
  • 2007. “Introduction: Computer-Mediated Interactive Communication Technology (CMICT): The End of the Social or the Birth of the New World Order?” Philippine Sociological Review 55: 1–14. http://www.jstor.org/stable/23898242.
  • 2007. Review of New Tech, New Ties – How Mobile Communication is Reshaping Social Cohesion, by Rich Ling. Philippine Sociological Review 55: 128–30. http://www.jstor.org/stable/23898251.
  • 2007. Review of Uncultural behavior: An anthropological investigation of suicide in the southern Philippines, by Charles J-H. Macdonald. Bijdragen Tot de Taal-, Land- En Volkenkunde 163 (4): 593–95. http://www.jstor.org/stable/27868433.
  • 2011. “Afterword.” South East Asia Research 19,(2): 343–7. http://www.jstor.org/stable/23750926.
  • ed. 2011. “Cultural Hybridities of the Philippines.” Asian Studies: Journal of Critical Perspectives on Asia 47. https://asj.upd.edu.ph/index.php/archive/78-vol-47-2011.
  • 2013. “Culture, social science, and the conceptualization of the Philippine nation-state.” In Introduction to Philippine Politics: local politics, the state, nation-building, and Democratization, edited by Maria Ela Atienza. Quezon City: University of the Philippines Press.
  • 2013. “We Reveal Ourselves to Ourselves: The New Communication Media in the Philippines.” Social Science Diliman 9 (1): 19-38. https://journals.upd.edu.ph/index.php/socialsciencediliman/article/view/3920/3573.
  • 2014. “Reflections on the Relevance of the Social Sciences in the Philippines.” Philippine Sociological Review 62: 159–78. http://www.jstor.org/stable/43486392.
  • 2016. “Anthropology and the AlDub nation entertainment as politics and politics as entertainment.” Philippine Studies: Historical and Ethnographic Viewpoints 64 (2): 289-300. https://www.jstor.org/stable/26621964.
  • 2016. Review of Migration Revolution: Philippine Nationhood and Class Relations in a Globalized Age, by Filomeno V. Aguilar. Philippine Studies: Historical & Ethnographic Viewpoints 64 (2): 301–304. http://www.jstor.org/stable/26621965.
  • 2017. “In the Age of Anthropocene and CMICT: On Cultures and Texts: Representations of Philippine Society.” In Bright Sign, Bright Age: Critical Essays in Philippine Studies, edited by J. Neil C. Garcia, 255-86. Quezon City. University of the Philippines Press.
  • 2019. “The Cultures of a Globalized World.” Plaridel Journal 16 (1): 1–24. https://doi.org/10.52518/2020.16.1-01pertra.
  • 2023. Review of The Filipino Migration Experience: Global Agents of Change, by Mina Roces. Philippine Studies: Historical and Ethnographic Viewpoints 71 (4): 578-83. https://muse.jhu.edu/pub/146/article/913834#info_wrap.
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