Book Review: Rafael, V. L. (2022). The Sovereign Trickster: Death and Laughter in the Age of Duterte.




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Author Biography

William N. Holden, University of Calgary, Canada

William N. Holden is an associate professor at the Department of Geography, University of Calgary, in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. Holden’s current research includes the war on drugs in the Philippines. 


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Hart, C. L. (2014). High price: A neuroscientist’s journey of self-discovery that challenges everything you know about drugs and society. Harper Perennial.

Hart, C. L (2021). Drug use for grown ups: Chasing liberty in the land of fear. Penguin Press.

Holden, W. N. (2009). Ashes from the phoenix: State terrorism and the party-list groups in the Philippines. Contemporary Politics, 15(4), 377-393.

Holden, W. N. (2021). President Rodrigo Duterte and the war on drugs: Fear and loathing in the Philippines. Lexington Books.

Kusaka, W. (2017a). Bandit grabbed the state: Duterte’s moral politics. Philippine Sociological Review, 65, 49-75.

Kusaka, W. (2017b). Moral politics in the Philippines: Inequality, democracy, and the urban poor. Kyoto University Press.

Kusaka, W. (2020). Disaster, discipline, drugs and Duterte: Emergence of new moral subjectivities in post-Yolanda Leyte. In K. Seki (Ed.), Ethnographies of development and globalization in the Philippines: Emergent socialities and the governing of precarity (pp. 71-97). Routledge.

Linnemann, T. (2016). Meth wars: Police, media, power. New York University Press.

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McCoy, A. W. (2009). Policing America’s empire: The United States, the Philippines, and the rise of the surveillance state. University of Wisconsin Press.

McCoy, A. W. (2017). Philippine populism: Local violence and global context in the rise of a Filipino strongman. Surveillance & Society, 15(3/4), 514-522.

Miller, J. (2018). Rodrigo Duterte: Fire and fury in the Philippines. Scribe.

Mishra, P. (2017). Age of anger: A history of the present. Farrar, Straus & Giroux.

Proudfoot, J. (2019). The libidinal economy of revanchism: Illicit drugs, harm reduction, and the problem of enjoyment. Progress in Human Geography, 43(2), 214-234.

Warburg, A. B. (2017). Policing in the Philippine ‘war on drugs’: (In)security, morality and order in Bagong Silang. Master’s Thesis, Aarhus University, Denmark.

Winn, P. (2019). Hello, shadowlands: Inside the meth fiefdoms, rebel hideouts, and bom-scarred party towns of Southeast Asia. Icon Books.






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