“Victoria Reyes brings us into a world that few observers have dared enter: the ‘global borderland’ that is the Philippines’ Subic Bay, a former American military base. Through this invaluable and innovative ethnography, readers get to see, in vivid richness, the complex workings of money, love, sex, and power that characterize the afterlives of America’s military empire in the Pacific. Sociology needs more historical ethnographies like this one.”
“Rarely can a study account for practices of globalization from above and below while situating the events of today in its colonial past, but Victoria Reyes accomplishes this extraordinary feat with her concept of ‘global borderlands.’ This is a wide-reaching study that should be of interest to anthropologists, geographers, and legal scholars, and sociologists of intimacy, globalization, and economics.”
“Global Borderlands has the makings of a scholarly classic, using methodologies from history, sociology, and anthropology to intervene in a broad range of fields, most notably borderland studies….Interwoven through each chapter is an engagingly descriptive ethnography with theoretical insights, which will appeal to scholars and students alike. Although the Subic Bay Freeport Zone in the Philippines, once a US naval base, is [Reyes’] case study, the book can be read productively by anyone working within borderland studies. Essential.”
Global Borderlands is a text that opens up a great deal of possible questions in the context of borderlands studies, international relations between the United States and the Philippines, and the everyday act of place and meaning making in spaces where sovereignty may be questioned or where there may be multinational influence... This work can and should be read by transnational historians, historians of the US and the Philippines, those interested in the US bases, and finally, scholars interested in the complex and contingent navigations of everyday people.