1st Edition

Routledge Handbook of Civil and Uncivil Society in Southeast Asia

Edited By Eva Hansson, Meredith L. Weiss Copyright 2023
    410 Pages 5 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    The Routledge Handbook of Civil and Uncivil Society in Southeast Asia explores the nature and implications of civil society across the region, engaging systematically with both theoretical approaches and empirical nuance for a systematic, comparative, and informative approach.

    The handbook actively analyses the varying definitions of civil society, critiquing the inconsistent scrutiny of this sphere over time. It brings forth the need to reconsider civil society development in today’s Southeast Asia, including activist organisations' and platforms' composition, claims, resources, and potential to effect sociopolitical change. Structured in five parts, the volume includes chapters written by an international set of experts analysing topics relating to civil society:

    • Spaces and platforms
    • Place within politics
    • Resources and tactics
    • Identity formation and claims
    • Advocacy

    The handbook highlights the importance of civil society as a domain for political engagement outside the state and parties, across Southeast Asia, as well as the prevalence and weight of 'uncivil' dimensions. It offers a well-informed and comprehensive analysis of the topic and is an indispensable reference work for students and researchers in the fields of Asian Studies, Asian Politics, Southeast Asian Politics and Comparative Politics.

    The Open Access version of this book, available at www.taylorfrancis.com, has been made available under a Creative Commons Attribution-Non Commercial-No Derivatives (CC-BY-NC-ND) 4.0 license. Funded by The Research Foundation for State University of New York, USA and The Stockholm Center for Global Asia, Sweden.

    1. Civil society in politics and Southeast Asia in civil society: Conceptual foundations, Meredith L. Weiss and Eva Hansson Part I. Spaces and platforms 2. From activist media to algorithmic politics: The Internet, social media, and civil society in Southeast Asia, Merlyna Lim 3. Contemporary arts in and for civil society, Minna Valjakka 4. Spatial perspectives: Civil society activism as struggles for space in urbanising Southeast Asia, Rita Padawangi 5. Legal mobilization and civil society: On the use and usefulness of strategic litigation in Southeast Asia, Ward Berenschot and Adriaan Bedner Part II. Place within politics 6. Civil society and efforts at regime change in Southeast Asia, Andreas Ufen 7. Civil society and the contentious politics of democratization and autocratization in Myanmar, Kristian Stokke 8. Civil society activism beyond the nation-state: Legitimating ASEAN? Anders Uhlin Part III. Resources and tactics 9. The failing financing of civil society in Southeast Asia, Rosalia Sciortino 10. Civil society leadership, Astrid Norén-Nilsson 11. Violence and civil society in Southeast Asia, Joakim Kreutz Part IV. Identity formation and claims 12. Civil society and gender advancement in Thailand, Duanghathai Buranajaroenkij 13. The LGBT movement in Vietnam, Helle Rydström, Hýõng Thu Nguyễn, & An Ngọc Hoàng 14. Indigenous groups and ethnic minorities, Jacques Bertrand & Cheng Xu 15. Religion and civil society in Southeast Asia, Carlo Bonura Part V. Advocacy 16. Organised labour and autocratisation in Southeast Asia, Teri Caraway 17. Business associations and civil society in Southeast Asia, Ryan Tans 18. Vernacularising human rights in Southeast Asia, Edmund Bon Tai Soon & Wong Pui Yi 19. Civil society and environmentalism: Crossing frontiers of activism, Oliver Pye 20. Multi-level migrant civil society activism in Southeast Asia, Stefan Rother 21. Conclusion: Southeast Asia’s glocalised civil society landscapes: national topographies and transnational contours, David Camroux


    Eva Hansson is a Senior Lecturer in Political Science and International Relations at Södertörn University, Sweden and Coordinator of the Stockholm Center for Global Asia, Stockholm University, Sweden. She has co-edited, with Meredith L. Weiss, Political Participation in Asia (Routledge, 2018).

    Meredith L. Weiss is a Professor of Political Science in the Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy at the University at Albany, SUNY, USA. She is author most recently of The Roots of Resilience: Party Machines and Grassroots Politics in Southeast Asia (2020) and previously edited the Routledge Handbook of Contemporary Malaysia (2015).