American Imperial PastoralThe Architecture of US Colonialism in the Philippines

American Imperial PastoralThe Architecture of US Colonialism in the Philippines

Rebecca Tinio McKenna

Print publication date: 2017

ISBN: 9780226417769

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

Abstract

Through an exploration of a Daniel Burnham-designed colonial hill station in the mountains of northern Luzon called Baguio, this book examines the literal and figurative architecture of U.S. imperialism in the Philippines. Tracking the Pacific crossings of famed Progressives like Burnham and tracing the transformation of Philippine pastureland into American pastoral retreat, the book shows how colonial rule and subjects of rule were generated in the face of Philippine resistance, the contradictions of imperial ideology, and in place. Chapters examine subject and capital formation through acts of dispossession that underwrote the making of the colonial retreat in the first decades of the twentieth century. Collectively, they challenge the abstraction and seeming invisibility of the United States’ emergent market empire by excavating the formal aspects of American power and the labor of building it.