Title

EDSA I in the Public Minds of the Filipino Civilian and Military Groups

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

2010

Abstract

Is there a single EDSA 1 in the public minds of Filipino civilian and military groups? Or are there different and antagonistic memories of this event? This volume discusses the different stories of EDSA 1 in the public minds of civilians and military personnel. Using a social representations approach to history, the author surveyed two hundred individuals from graduating classes of 1986 and 2006 of both Ateneo de Manila University and the Philippine Military Academy. Results indicate two different -- even opposing -- EDSA 1 narratives in the collective minds of individuals belonging to the civilian and military sectors. Findings are discussed in the light of how groups may represent their institutional histories of democratic shift in order to uplift their political positions during the unstable period of transition after the fall of an authoritarian regime.

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