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Routledge Handbook of Civil and Uncivil Society in Southeast Asia

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ISBN 9780367422011
February 24, 2023 Forthcoming by Routledge
400 Pages 5 B/W Illustrations

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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 society's:

– 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.

Table of Contents

1. Civil society in politics and Southeast Asia in civil society: Conceptual foundations, Meredith L. Weiss & 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 & 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. 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. Civic 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. Organized labour and autocratization 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. Southeast Asia’s glocalized civil society landscapes: National topographies and transnational contours, David Camroux

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Eva Hansson is 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 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).