Dr. Paul Mathews is an anthropologist and sociologist who has worked on Philippine issues for 25 years, and also spent 2 years in Taiwan. He has written extensively about Philippine society and culture in such areas as health, gender relations and sexuality, values, and economic development. He is currently freelancing, following a Research Fellowship at the Australian National University. He is Secretary of the Philippine Studies Association of Australasia, and former Managing Editor of Pilipinas, A Journal of Philippine Studies.
Dramatizes the lives of the Valdez Protestant family and Garcia Catholic family, highlighting everyday Filipino life. Explores how and why religion affects each family according to underlying perceptions of the world and why Catholics have more children than Protestants, and differences between rich/poor, exploiters/exploited, powerful/powerless, men/women. How do they actually come about?
Part 1 narrates with insight and drama the lives of two families, one Protestant the other Roman Catholic, in the rural Philippines. That’s about as much as I can tell you without a spoiler. In Parts 2 and 3 my essential problem is to show how an idea, a mental perspective, can be actually operationalized, and across generations. With persistence all will encircle and become clear. Cutting-edge!
A focus on systemic problems & issues of EFL teaching/learning in Taiwan. Despite goal posts constantly shifting, nothing changes: rote learning, exams, hierarchic structures, culturally-based vis-a-vis earned respect, cheating/plagiarism, credentialism, profiteering, linguistic incompetence,& political infighting persist. Despite 9yrs of EFL many college graduates are not competent in English.
Why did the State implement a Family Planning Program for the lower classes when policy makers thought they were incapable of being uplifted? I explore the discourses of bio-medicine, nationalism & citizenship in the Philippines: who is a proper & fit person to be a citizen & reproduce the nation. This nationalist Malthusian narrative aims to maintain a high level of population growth.
The first paper describes aspects of male prostitution of Ermita (Manila, Philippines) in the 1980s and '90s. I suggest various reasons for such prostitution, how the boys reconcile their activities with church and morality, and how they construct their sexual identity. The second paper is a critique of "Being A Prostitute" in Australia, that unconvincingly suggests all such prostitutes are gay.
The first book about the Taxi Industry, this book has something for everyone: for cabbies a common theme with which they can identify; a word about the various authorities, companies & cab owners; & heaps of interesting information with over 40 pages of their questions and answers: Can I smoke in a cab? How much does a cabbie earn? Do cabbies get solicited? Do taxis carry only people & luggage?
Male sex-workers are motivated to achieve; they cannot be considered in purely psychological or sexual terms. Boys from the working & middle classes choose to be prostitutes vis-a-vis classical stereotypes. It questions male prostitutes & their clients as gay, dirty & unmotivated. A sociological study with case histories & a review of the features & causes of & literature on male sex-workers.
Fifteen heartfelt poems and several essays/reflections on profound philosophical life and controversial issues: Images of Public Servitude, Land Rights for Gay Whales, and Lost in (Third) Space [How I Lost My Ethnic Identity].
This publication lists the names, qualifications and interests of Filipinists in Australia and former residents who have made significant contributions to Philippine studies in Australia, Dissertations on the Philippines undertaken at Australian and other Universities, and an extensive bibliography of both published and unpublished material on the Philippines by those listed above.
Set in the 1970s when petrol was leaded and cell-fones weren’t even a dream, Daze of our Lives was written while Ben was in jail. It tells the story of a series of crazy, hippy events that will keep you incredulous and laughing. A chance for you to know what it what it was like 40 years ago on the NSW Nimbin-vego north coast.
This annotated bibliography, read as a chronology, traces a change in beliefs and attitudes, where the body, health, nature and society have come to mean different things and imply different consequences for both the individual and society. The compilation lists, in alphabetical order, and annotates dissertations, books, chapters and miscellaneous reports etc on complementary therapeutics.
Ben spent 8 years in jail for a diamond heist. Set in the 1970s when petrol was leaded and cell-fones weren’t even a dream, The Can was written while Ben was in jail. It tells the story of how he came to be there, following a series of crazy, hippy events that will keep you incredulous and laughing. A chance for you to know what it what it was like 40 years ago on the NSW Nimbin-vego north coast.
A social and anthropological insight into the lives of cybersex models and how they and others perceive their work. Based on several interviews/case studies of ACMs, and addresses issues raised in an earlier book. Also outlines the structure of the sex industry in the Philippines and where ACM-ing may fit within that. 130pp approx.
What do "foreigners" think of Taiwan ? How long do they stay ? What do they do ? Are Taiwanese really friendly & smart ? Should Taiwan be part of China ?
These questions and curiosities are answered in this study, the first of its kind in Taiwan.
An amusing but sociological insight into Taiwan.
外國人眼中的台灣到底是什麼樣子？ 他們到底在台灣停留多久？ 他們在台灣做些什麼？ 台灣人友善聰明嗎？ 台灣應該是中國的一部分嗎？
What do foreigners think of Taiwan? How long do they stay? What do they do? Are Taiwanese friendly & smart? Should Taiwan join China?
These questions and curiosities are answered in this study of Taiwan. Find out what these strange "white monkeys" get up to in this Formosa….
This work explores the cybersex industry in the Philippines. It pioneers research in economics, labour relations, sexuality, globalization, digital technology, Asia. It identifies the piecework relations of a new global industry; the commoditization of sexuality and emotional labour; the impact of digital technology; and injects new ideas into debates about cultural and economic globalization.