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Archives for a new world : revolutionary personal records in the Filipino-Canadian diaspora Carlin, Isabel


The aim of this thesis is to investigate the relationship between personal records and politics in members of the Filipino diaspora living in Canada. The author conducted semi-structured interviews with their mother and three fellow activists, and used qualitative coding and personal writing as methods of analysis. The thesis applies archival theories of haunting, imagined records, corollary records, personal records, community archives, and other social justice-oriented archival theories through the lens of historical materialism to conclude that: (1) records, as items and aggregations, are embodied records of class struggle; (2) custody over and access to records is a form of political power; and (3) records are created in and by historical contexts of contradiction.

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