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The Modern Anthropology of Southeast Asia


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The books in this series address issues in processes of development, globalisation and change in Southeast Asia. Where appropriate they contextualise change and local responses to it by providing ethnographic materials on social and cultural forms and institutions. Although all the contributors to the series examine modern and contemporary issues in the anthropology of Southeast Asia, the emphasis in each book differs as authors choose to concentrate on specific dimensions of change and globalisation or work out particular conceptual approaches to the complex issues of development. Areas of concern include: nation-building, power and the media; technological innovations in agriculture and rural-urban migration; the expansion of industrial and commercial employment; the rapid increase in cultural and ethnic tourism; the consequences of deforestation and environmental degradation; heritage and identity; contemporary expressions of religious affliliation; the 'modernisation of tradition'; ethnic identity and conflict; changing gender relations; and the religious transformation of society.

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Continuity and Change in Brunei Darussalam

Continuity and Change in Brunei Darussalam

1st Edition

Edited By Victor T. King, Stephen C. Druce
October 30, 2020

This book analyses the processes of social and economic change in Brunei Darussalam. Drawing on recent studies undertaken by both locally based scholars and senior researchers from outside the state, the book explores the underlying strengths, characteristics, and uniqueness of Malay Islamic ...

Origins, History and Social Structure in Brunei Darussalam

Origins, History and Social Structure in Brunei Darussalam

1st Edition

Edited By Victor T. King, Stephen C. Druce
October 29, 2020

This wide-ranging book re-evaluates in detail the early history and historiography of Brunei Darussalam, the origins of the sultanate, its genealogical foundations and the structure and administration of Brunei society. Contributors draw on the seminal work of Donald E. Brown whose major monograph ...

Post-Conflict Social and Economic Recovery in Timor-Leste Redemptive Legacies

Post-Conflict Social and Economic Recovery in Timor-Leste: Redemptive Legacies

1st Edition

By Andrew McWilliam
January 07, 2020

This book presents a rich ethnography of post-conflict social and economic recovery in East Timor following the end of Indonesian military occupation of the territory in 1999. It offers a longer-term analysis of the pathways to rebuilding and restoring local community life, and the budding ...

Kinship, population and social reproduction in the 'new Indonesia' A study of Nuaulu cultural resilience

Kinship, population and social reproduction in the 'new Indonesia': A study of Nuaulu cultural resilience

1st Edition

By Roy Ellen
May 31, 2018

Nuaulu people on the Indonesian island of Seram have displayed remarkable linguistic and cultural resilience over a period of 50 years. In 1970 their language and traditional culture was widely considered ‘endangered.’ Despite this, Nuaulu have not only maintained their animist identity and shown a...

Post-Tsunami Recovery in Thailand Socio-cultural responses

Post-Tsunami Recovery in Thailand: Socio-cultural responses

1st Edition

By Monica Lindberg Falk
January 12, 2018

Of all the huge natural disasters that claimed the lives of thousands in Asia, the Indian Ocean tsunami in 2004 was the largest, estimated to have killed more than 230,000 people. The scope of damage brought about by this natural disaster urges focus on recovery and post-disaster reconstruction ...

Southeast Asian Perspectives on Power

Southeast Asian Perspectives on Power

1st Edition

Edited By Liana Chua, Joanna Cook, Nicholas Long, Lee Wilson
May 18, 2017

Southeast Asia has undergone innumerable far-reaching changes and dramatic transformations over the last half-century. This book explores the concept of power in relation to these transformations, and examines its various social, cultural, religious, economic and political forms. The book works ...

Sex, Love and Money in Cambodia Professional Girlfriends and Transactional Relationships

Sex, Love and Money in Cambodia: Professional Girlfriends and Transactional Relationships

1st Edition

By Heidi Hoefinger
September 03, 2014

Dealing with the complex and discomforting ‘grey ‘area where sex, love and money collide, this book highlights the general materiality of everyday sex that takes place in all relationships. In doing so, it draws attention to and destigmatizes the transactional elements within many ‘normative’ ...

Democracy, Corruption and the Politics of Spirits in Contemporary Indonesia

Democracy, Corruption and the Politics of Spirits in Contemporary Indonesia

1st Edition

By Nils Bubandt
May 27, 2014

Indonesia has been an electoral democracy for more than a decade, and yet the political landscape of the world’s third-largest democracy is as complex and enigmatic as ever. The country has achieved a successful transition to democracy and yet Indonesian democracy continues to be flawed, illiberal,...

Identity and the State in Malaysia

Identity and the State in Malaysia

1st Edition

By Fausto Barlocco
November 19, 2013

Using the case study of the Kadazan of Sabah, a region in the Malaysian section of Borneo, this book examines national, ethnic and local identities in post-colonial states. It shows the importance of the connection between lived experience and identity and belonging, and by doing so, provides a ...

The Changing Village Environment in Southeast Asia Applied anthropology and environmental reclamation in the northern Philippines

The Changing Village Environment in Southeast Asia: Applied anthropology and environmental reclamation in the northern Philippines

1st Edition

By Ben Wallace
August 08, 2013

This book follows the work of the 'Good Roots Project' - a multi-year forestry and agriculture research project in the Philippines. The scheme is an attempt on the part of industry, science and the government to better understand the processes of deforestation and initiate a strategy by which ...

The Orang Suku Laut of Riau, Indonesia The inalienable gift of territory

The Orang Suku Laut of Riau, Indonesia: The inalienable gift of territory

1st Edition

By Cynthia Chou
March 29, 2012

Land reform has been an indisputable part of Indonesian revolution. The consequent execution of development programmes for nation-building have provoked intense hostility over territorial rights. Global market forces in Indonesia have seen increasing flows of transnational investments, technology ...

Modernity and Malaysia Settling the Menraq Forest Nomads

Modernity and Malaysia: Settling the Menraq Forest Nomads

1st Edition

By Alberto Gomes
August 15, 2010

Bringing together over thirty years of detailed ethnographic research on the Menraq of Malaysia, this fascinating book analyzes and documents the experience of development and modernization in tribal communities. Descendents of hunter-gatherers who have inhabited Southeast Asia for about 40,000 ...

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