Surviving Tiempo Muerto: Amy Lien and Enzo Camacho on Bungkalan and Peasant Resistance in the Philippines

The island of Negros is known as “the sugar bowl of the Philippines.” But this romantic turn of phrase obscures a dark reality: during tiempo muerto—the months of “dead time” between sowing and harvesting cane—farm laborers go without wages and food. “It is death built into the clockwork mandate of …

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