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Philip Parnell

Associate Professor

Educational Background

  • Ph.D., University of California-Berkeley, 1977
  • B.A., Princeton University, 1971

Region Of Interest

  • Philippines
  • Mexico
  • Southeast Asia

Research Topics

  • Human Rights
  • Urban Poor
  • State Formations
  • Law and Crime

Research Summary

My research focuses on theories, processes, and discourses associated with urban poverty that develop within and across the intersections of grassroots, state, and religious and international networks. To conduct my research, I live within and visit extensive networks of the urban poor in Metropolitan Manila. My research has focused in part on the role of the urban poor in democratic development of the largest socialized housing project in the Philippines and in part on how poverty shapes state, legal, and international formations. Recently, I have studied outcomes of urban poor and NGO economic and legal approaches to human rights as well as the epidemiology of violence within Metropolitan Manila. My past research also has included the meeting of state and village law in the highlands of Oaxaca, Mexico. My methods include ethnographic fieldwork, in-depth interviews, archival research, and longitudinal research.

Representative Publications

  • Magno, Christopher and Philip C. Parnell. 2015. The Imperialism of Race: Class, Rights and Patronage in the Philippine City. Race & Class, January-March 2015, 56: 69-85.
  • Parnell, Philip C. 2013. “Policing Private Property against Poverty in Metropolitan Manila.” In, Garriott, William (ed.). Police in Practice: The Pragmatics of Police Power in the Contemporary World. New York: Palgrave.
  • Parnell, Philip C., Stephanie C. Kane and Ben Panglase. 2009. Interview: The “New Anthropology of Crime. ”POLAR: Political and Legal Anthropology Review 32, 1 (May 2009): 105-123.
  • Parnell, Philip C. and Stephanie C. Kane (eds.) 2003. Crime’s Power: Anthropologists and the Ethnography of Crime. New York: Palgrave Macmillan.
  • Parnell, Philip C. 2002. The Composite State: The Poor and the Nation in Manila. In Greenhouse, Carol, Eve Darian-Smith, and Kay Warren , eds. Ethnography in Unstable Places: Everyday Life in Situations of Dramatic Political Change. Durham, NC: Duke University Press, pp. 146-177.
  • Parnell, Philip C. 1988. Escalating Disputes—Social Participation and Change in the Oaxacan Highlands. Tucson: University of Arizona Press.