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Filipino Primitive: Accumulation and Resistance in the American Museum

Sarita Echavez See


This book takes Karl Marx’s concept of “primitive accumulation,” usually conceived of as an economic process for the acquisition of land and the extraction of labor, and argues that we also must understand it as a project of knowledge accumulation. The material collection and display of things associated with racially backward or so-called primitive peoples form the epistemological foundation of American knowledge production, which should more accurately be called knowledge acquisition or extraction. Nowhere can we appreciate so easily the intertwined nature of the triple forces of knowledge a ... More

Keywords: Filipino American arts, postcolonialism and the arts, museum exhibits, culture, race in art, Asian Americans, Asian American theater

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Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9781479842667
Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: May 2018 DOI:10.18574/nyu/9781479842667.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Sarita Echavez See, author
University of California Riverside

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