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Global China

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Ivan Franceschini and Nicholas Loubere have co-authored a short book titled Global China as Method. The book argues that even after four decades of integration into the global socioeconomic system, discussions of China continue to be underpinned by a core assumption: that the country represents a fundamentally different ‘other’ that somehow exists outside the ‘real’ world. […]

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緣起香港:張愛玲的異鄉和世界

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Author: 黃心村. A study on the author Zhang Ailing’s time in Hong Kong. Click on 線上看 to read the book. If the button text is “試閱”  then the book is at the moment being read by someone else. Please note: only 1 simultaneous reader.  

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Nation, City, Arena: Sports Events, Nation Building and City Politics in Indonesia

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by Friederike Trotier  In 1962, Indonesia celebrated its national rebirth, modernity and international arrival by hosting the 4th Asian Games in Jakarta. Since then, Indonesia has hosted several other major multi-sport events as well as numerous tournaments in a single sport. But the return to Jakarta in 2018 of the 18th Asian Games was significant: […]

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Living Kinship, Fearing Spirits: Sociality among the Khmu of Northern Laos

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by Rosalie Stolz  How can we conceive of kinship and sociality in the rapidly transforming uplands of mainland Southeast Asia? How to bridge the divide between classical ethnography and modern approaches to kinship studies? Using her rich findings from extensive fieldwork among the Khmu of northern Laos, the author offers a fresh perspective on kinship […]

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Constructing Empire: The Japanese in Changchun, 1905–45

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by Bill Sewell  Diplomats and soldiers carve out empires, but civilians play crucial roles in building them. This was also true of Japanese Manchuria. Constructing Empire shows how Japanese urban planners, architects, and other civilians contributed to constructing a modern colonial enclave in northeast China, their visions shifting over time. Japanese imperialism in Manchuria before […]

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Deities and Divas: Queer Ritual Specialists in Myanmar, Thailand and Beyond

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Edited by Peter A. Jackson & Benjamin Baumann  In central Thailand, a flamboyantly turbaned gay medium for the Hindu god of the underworld posts Facebook selfies of himself hugging and kissing a young man. In Myanmar’s largest city Yangon, a one-time member of a gay NGO dons an elaborate wedding dress to be ritually married […]

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The Wa of Myanmar and China’s Quest for Global Dominance

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by Bertil Lintner  Shan State in the north-eastern corner of Myanmar has long been plagued by conflict in various forms – political insurrection, ethnic strife and drug wars. It is also part of the Golden Triangle, one of the main global centres of illicit drug production. The region is home to the Wa, a tribal […]

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Everyday Justice in Myanmar: Challenges and Experiences in the Political Transition

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By Helene Maria Kyed  This volume explores how ordinary people in present-day Myanmar obtain justice and resolve disputes and crimes in a time of radical transition in government, politics, society, economy, etc. Its empirical questions serve as a lens to analyze the wider dynamics of state making, the role of identity politics, and the constitution […]

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States and Societies in Motion: Essays in Honour of Takashi Shiraishi

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edited by Khoo Boo Teik and Jafar Suryomenggolo   With contributions from leading scholars in their field, this collection of fourteen essays offers wide-ranging but incisive perspectives on East and Southeast Asian Studies. Apart from informing and enlightening the reader, the essays offer a tribute to Professor Takashi Shiraishi, the renowned Japanese scholar, for his many […]

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Oral Literature, Gender, and Precedence in East Timor: Metaphysics in Narrative

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By David Hicks Decades of war, social upheaval and political change have not lessened the enduring interest of East Timorese in their oral traditions. Although new forms of expression are emerging, the corpus of Timorese oral narrative largely retains an underlying metaphysical unity, and continues to express indigenous notions about gender and precedence. Until now, […]

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The Work of Gender: Service, Performance and Fantasy in Contemporary Japan

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Edited by Gitte Marianne Hansen and Fabio Gygi  Gender and sexuality in Japan has long been a field of academic study, with gender mainly being examined either as masculinities, femininities or as deviating sexualities. In recent years, however, widespread interest in manga, anime and cosplay among the world’s youth has aroused popular interest in the […]

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Future Forward: The Rise and Fall of a Thai Political Party

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By Duncan McCargo and Anyarat Chattharakul Thai politics have been intensely polarized since demonstrations against the government of then prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra began in 2005. Conservatives aligned with the military and monarchy are pitted against critics of the establishment supporting a more open political order. In the election of 24 March 2019, this pattern […]

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Salafism and the State: Islamic Activism and National Identity in Contemporary Indonesia

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by Chris Chaplin  Recent studies of Indonesian Islam have pointed to the growing prominence of ‘conservative’ and globally expansive Islamic doctrines. Salafism is one such doctrine, and it has gained increasing popularity in Indonesia over the past several decades. Aiming to propagate a ‘literalist’ interpretation of Islam, Salafi activists argue that many local Islamic traditions, […]

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Spirit Possession in Buddhist Southeast Asia: Worlds Ever More Enchanted

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Edited by Bénédicte Brac de la Perrière & Peter A. Jackson In dramatic contrast to the reported growing influence of doctrinal and fundamentalist forms of religion in some parts of Southeast Asia, the predominantly Buddhist societies of the region are witnessing an upsurge of spirit possession cults and diverse forms of magical ritual. This is […]

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Belittled Citizens: The Cultural Politics of Childhood on Bangkok’s Margins

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by Giuseppe Bolotta What does childhood mean in contemporary Thailand? What constitutes childhood in a slum? How does childhood figure in the construction of national citizenships? Rich in ethnographic detail, this fascinating, engaging and illuminating study explores the daily lives, constraints, and social worlds of children born in the slums of Bangkok, and their ways […]

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春山文藝賴香吟專輯:國家與小寫的人

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SpringHill Literati Vol. II  Hsiang-Yin Lai: State and the People Without History  ISBN: 9789869907286 Click on 線上看 to read the book. If the button text is “試閱”  then the book is at the moment being read by someone else. Please note: only 1 simultaneous reader.

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春山文藝創刊號:歷史在呼嘯

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SpringHill Literati Vol. I A Whistle in History: the Origins of Sorrows and Creativity ISBN: 9789869804240 Click on 線上看 to read the book. If the button text is “試閱”  then the book is at the moment being read by someone else. Please note: only 1 simultaneous reader.

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終戰那一天:臺灣戰爭世代的故事

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Through nine stories composed of real characters and real plots, this book is divided into three perspectives from the front line, the rear, and the periphery. It tells the life experiences of the generations of Taiwan in the shadow of World War II, and features their physical and mental state and emotional logic. Each story can […]

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形塑「新人」:中共宣傳與蘇聯經驗 / 余敏玲

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E-book published 2015. Click on 線上看 to read the book. If the button text is “試閱”  then the book is at the moment being read by someone else. Please note: only 1 simultaneous reader.

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Historical Dictionary of theIndochina War (1945–1954):An International and Interdisciplinary Approach

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Christopher E. Goscha 2011 This first historical dictionary in English of the Indochina War (1945–54) provides the most comprehensive account to date of one of the most important conflicts of the twentieth century. Over 1,600 entries provide in-depth, expert coverage of the Indochina War in all its dimensions. Goscha adopts a path-breaking dual international and […]

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Institutions, Livelihoods and the Environment: Change and Response in Mainland Southeast Asia

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Compiled by Andrea Straub (Introduction by Per Ronnås) 2001 Despite the recent economic crisis, Mainland Southeast Asia continues to experience increasing economic integration of previously isolated rural hinterlands, especially in the upland areas of LAO PDR, Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia and Yunnan in China, where demographic pressure together with the development of infrastructure and increased market-orientation […]

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War or Peace in the South China Sea?

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Timo Kivimaki 2002 Not only is the South China Sea of strategic importance; it is also rich in oil and other natural resources. As such, it is the subject of overlapping territorial disputes between several East and Southeast Asian countries as well as the scene of military tensions and potentially dangerous conflicts. Recent proof of […]

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Contesting Visions of the Lao Past: Lao Historiography at the Crossroads

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**Christopher E. Goscha & Soren Ivarsson 2003 While the birth of any nation is always more complicated than official historiographies purport, the complex positioning of Laos at the crossroads of a wide range of historical, geographical and cultural currents makes this particularly true. It is well known that Laos’ emergence as a modern nation-state in […]

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From Subjects to Citizens: Balinese Villagers in the Indonesian Nation-State

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Lyn Parker 2003 Broadens the discussion on the expansion of the Indonesian state into the local community. Significant because it shows how we can understand Indonesia in its efforts to become a nation-state. Unusual in showing that the experience of many Indonesian citizens was not of a menacing and coercive state but of a modernizing […]

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The Indonesian Military After the New Order

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Sukardi Rinakit 2005 Because the military is an integral part of Indonesia’s power structure, it is of interest to anyone studying Indonesian affairs. This volume is the first study to address the role of the military in Indonesia all the way from the struggle for independence through to the start of the new presidency of […]

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Performing the Nation: Cultural Politics in New Order Indonesia

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Jorgen Hellman 2011 In sharp contrast to today’s disorder was the apparent cohesion and stability of Indonesia during much of the New Order period (1965–98). While Suharto’s authoritarian rule was significant, the regime’s cultural policies also played their part. Ethnic, religious and regional sentiments were to be channelled into the field of art rather than […]

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Tanegashima: The Arrival of Europe in Japan

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Olof G. Lidin 2002 The year 1543 marked the beginning of a new global consciousness in Japan with the arrival of shipwrecked Portuguese merchants on Tanegashima Island in southern Japan. Other Portuguese rapidly followed and Japan became aware of a world beyond India. The Portuguese brought with them the musket, which was quickly copied and […]

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In Search of Chin Identity: A Study in Religion, Politics and Ethnic Identity in Burma

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Lian H. Sakhong 2003 Prior to British annexation in 1896, Chinram was an independent country ruled by traditional tribal and local chiefs. Annexation saw the land divided between India and Burma and Chin society abruptly transformed, not least by the arrival of Christian missionaries. The conversion of the Chin to Christianity from traditional locally based […]

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Good Government: Nordic and East Asian Perspectives

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Geir Helgesen & Uichol Kim 2002 What is ‘good government’? Is it transparent, responsive, small and unobtrusive, or on the contrary, big and active? And is ‘good government’ the same everywhere, or do regional differences of opinion have to be acknowledged? This short study aims to answer some of these questions by presenting the opinions […]

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Better to Rely on Ourselves: Changing Social Rights in Urban China since 1979

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Hatla Thelle 2004 This study analyses changes in the protection of social rights in China since 1979 for the middle-income level of the urban population, based on family interviews and documentary studies. It tells how conditions for employment, housing, social security and education have undergone a complete transformation as a consequence of the transition to […]

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A Mencius Reader: For Beginning and Advanced Students of Classical Chinese

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Donald B. Wagner 2004 This textbook contains material for students of Classical Chinese at three different levels of difficulty: The first chapter of Mencius, reproduced from a modern punctuated edition, with very detailed notes and glosses intended for students in their second semester of Classical Chinese. The same chapter, reproduced from a Song wood-block edition, […]

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Divinity and Diversity: A Hindu Revitalization Movement in Malaysia

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Alexandra Kent 2005 A timely and relevant study in this age of concern about trans-national ’religious’ networks where powerful use of ethnographic date illuminates an original and striking thesis on the ambiguous nature of the Sai Baba movement. What makes this work outstanding is how the author places her material against the complex ethnic, political […]

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Clouds over Tianshan: Essays on Social Disturbance in Xinjiang in the 1940’s

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David D. Wang 1999 The 1940s saw the outbreak of the so-called Yili rebellion which led to the collapse of Chinese state authority over a wide area of Xinjiang in the chaotic years of the later 1940s. Much of the story has been told before but what is especially interesting here is Wang’s demonstration that […]

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Clouds over Tianshan: Essays on Social Disturbance in Xinjiang in the 1940’s

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David D. Wang 1999 The 1940s saw the outbreak of the so-called Yili rebellion which led to the collapse of Chinese state authority over a wide area of Xinjiang in the chaotic years of the later 1940s. Much of the story has been told before but what is especially interesting here is Wang’s demonstration that […]

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A Poisonous Cocktail?: Aum Shinrikyo’s Path to Violence

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Ian Reader 1996 This highly acclaimed study describes Aum Shinrikyo’s history, examines the various conflicts it was involved in, and discusses the contents of Asahara’s sermons and prophecies. The March 1995 gas attack on the Tokyo subway system killed 12 people and injured thousands. Massive police raids and the subsequent investigation linked this attack (plus […]

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Reaching for the Dream: Challenges of Sustainable Development in Vietnam

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Melanie Beresford & Angie Ngoc Tran (eds) 2004 Transition economies allow the study of fundamental questions about the nature of markets. How do they arise and do they necessarily follow the same modus operandi as markets in other countries? How does the state influence the development of markets? How does the opening of the economy […]

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Redesigning the Cosmos: Belief Systems and State Power in Indonesia

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Ruth McVey 1993 Uses examples from historical and modern Indonesian societies and from various religions of the archipelago to illuminate the relationship between religion and political power.

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Individualism and Collectivism: A Psychological, Cultural and Ecological Analysis

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Uichol Kim 1995 A fascinating and cogent exposition of the individualism-collectivism debate.

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Aiding Afghanistan: The Background and Prospects for Reconstruction in a Fragmented Society

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Asger Christensen 1995 Examines how the structure and dynamics of Afghan society shaped not only earlier relations between state and society but also the resistance struggle and civil war, and still affect international efforts towards the country’s reconstruction.

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China and Denmark: Relations since 1674

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Kjeld Erik Brodsgaard & Mads Kirkebæk (eds) 2000 This is the first comprehensive study to analyse in detail the evolving political, economic and diplomatic relationship between China and Denmark since their first contact in 1674. The book is thoroughly researched and based on newly available source material in Chinese as well as in Western languages. […]

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Bon, Buddhism and Democracy: The Building of a Tibetan National Identity

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Per Kværne & Rinzin Thargyal 1993 Whereas the old independent Tibet was based on a Buddhist theocratic order, what is increasingly seen today is a growing national awareness. This perhaps explains moves are being made to create a plural society embracing the faiths and ethnic and social.

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Money and Power in Provincial Thailand

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Ruth McVey (ed) 2000 Most studies of Southeast Asian economic change have focused on growth in a few big cities with studies of the countryside tending to concern themselves with the social and environmental impact of metropolitan growth. Very few analysts have looked at the middle distance between metropolis and countryside. This is the horizon […]

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Atlas of Laos: Spatial Dimensions of the Economic and Social Development of the Lao People's Democratic Republic

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Bounthavy Sisouphanthong & Christian Taillard 2000 This atlas of Laos is the first of its kind to appear in English. Based on statistics gathered in the late 1990s, the atlas gives a snapshot of Laos’s evolution in the 20 years since the founding of the Lao People’s Democratic Republic. But the greatest contribution made by […]

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Atlas of Laos: Spatial Dimensions of the Economic and Social Development of the Lao People’s Democratic Republic

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Bounthavy Sisouphanthong & Christian Taillard 2000 This atlas of Laos is the first of its kind to appear in English. Based on statistics gathered in the late 1990s, the atlas gives a snapshot of Laos’s evolution in the 20 years since the founding of the Lao People’s Democratic Republic. But the greatest contribution made by […]

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Harvesting Development: The Construction of Fresh Food Markets in Papua New Guinea

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**Karl Benediktsson*’ 2002 This book addresses the global–local tension evident in much work on development issues, through the example of fresh food markets in Papua New Guinea. A key feature is the author’s skilful and inventive interweaving of theoretical constructs with a detailed ethnography of marketing networks, at the rural village and the urban market-place, […]

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Entrepreneurship in Vietnam: Transformation and Dynamics

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Per Ronnås & Bhargavi Ramamurthy (eds) 2000 The private small-scale manufacturing sector has emerged as a key actor in the development of the Vietnamese economy since the launching of market-oriented reforms (doi moi) in the late 1980s. Yet little has been known about the nature and dynamics of this sector during this crucial period. The […]

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The Impossibility of Liberalism and Democracy in Indonesia 1840-1940

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Thommy Svensson 1994 Explores this crisis of humanitarian liberalism and colonialism, focusing on the collapse of laissez-faire doctrines in the late 19th century and the unrecognised role that liberal humanitarian ideas played in the later colonial period.

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Australia in Southeast Asia: Regionalisation and Democracy

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Erik Paul 1998 Australia’s place in the global economy is more than ever linked to Southeast Asia. The relationship has become more complex because of the eurasianization of the Australian continent and increased conflict between the two areas. Australian-bashing by Southeast Asian regimes has become common, much of this sparked by criticism by important segments […]

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Southeast Asian-Centred Economies or Economics?

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Mason C. Hoadley (ed) 1999 This book is not a definitive research statement nor yet another account of Asia’s financial crisis. Rather, it offers Southeast Asian perspectives quite at variance to orthodox Western economic thinking. Topics range from macro perspectives of Indonesia’s Economi Pancasila and Thailand’s Buddhist Economics, through Malaysia’s Islamic financial institutions, to regional […]

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Indonesian Politics in Crisis: The Long Fall of Suharto, 1996-98

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Stefan Eklof 1999 Despite a severe economic crisis, social unrest and growing pressure for political change in Indonesia, President Suharto’s hold on power seemed secure. Recent events have proved this otherwise. By describing the unfolding events since 1996, tracing the economic and social background, analysing the government’s response and evaluating the actors most likely to […]

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Beijing Women Organizing for Change: A New Wave of the Chinese Women's Movement

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Cecilia Nathansen Milwertz 2011 Independent and quasi-independent organizing in China really began earliest in the women’s community but the importance of this 15-year experience has not been documented adequately. The book first introduces the emergence since the mid-1980s of new types of women’s organization in China from the earlier situation of the All-China Women’s Federation […]

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Beijing Women Organizing for Change: A New Wave of the Chinese Women’s Movement

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Cecilia Nathansen Milwertz 2011 Independent and quasi-independent organizing in China really began earliest in the women’s community but the importance of this 15-year experience has not been documented adequately. The book first introduces the emergence since the mid-1980s of new types of women’s organization in China from the earlier situation of the All-China Women’s Federation […]

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Mao Zedong, Zhou Enlai and the Evolution of the Chinese Communist Leadership

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Thomas Kampen 1999 Analyses the power struggles within the leadership of the Chinese Communist Party between 1931, when several Party leaders left Shanghai and entered the Jiangxi Soviet, and 1945, by which time Mao Zedong, Liu Shaoqi and Zhou Enlai had emerged as senior CCP leaders. In 1949 they established the People’s Republic of China […]

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Teaching and Learning in Tibet: A Review of Research Policy Publications

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Ellen Bangsbo 2006 The issue of schooling and education for Tibetan children in the Tibetan Autonomous Region (TAR) is the focus of increasing national and international attention. Here, special attention has been given to the concept of ‘quality education’. One should be aware that this concept is understood differently by different groups. Educationalists and NGOs […]

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Migration in China

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Børge Bakken 1998 Economic reform in China has led to an internal migration of people within the world’s most populous nation on a scale never seen before. Since China’s new industrial revolution began in the late 1970s, there has been a flow of tens of millions (perhaps even hundreds of millions) of surplus labour and […]

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Power and Political Culture in Suharto's Indonesia: The Indonesian Democratic Party (PDI) and Decline of the New Order (1986-98)

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Stefan Eklof 2011 Under Indonesia’s authoritarian New Order regime, the continued existence of the Indonesian Democratic Party (PDI) was meant to demonstrate the ostensibly democratic character of the regime. In essence, this small nationalist-Christian coalition was meant to rfill the role of pliant state corporatist party. From the later 1980s, however, the PDI became more […]

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Power and Political Culture in Suharto’s Indonesia: The Indonesian Democratic Party (PDI) and Decline of the New Order (1986-98)

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Stefan Eklof 2011 Under Indonesia’s authoritarian New Order regime, the continued existence of the Indonesian Democratic Party (PDI) was meant to demonstrate the ostensibly democratic character of the regime. In essence, this small nationalist-Christian coalition was meant to rfill the role of pliant state corporatist party. From the later 1980s, however, the PDI became more […]

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The UP Saga

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Susan M. Martin 2003 Histories of the plantations sector in Malaysia have largely focused on the rubber industry and on the rise and fall of big British-owned colonial enterprises. But since independence, the sector has entered a new phase of spectacular growth founded on the oil palm. This volume offers a radically different history of […]

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Indonesian Literature vs New Order Orthodoxy: The Aftermath of 1965-1966

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Anna-Greta Nilsson Hoadley 2011 Perhaps we shall never know the truth about Indonesia’s failed (supposedly Communist) coup of 1965. But the consequences were clear: the fall of President Sukarno and rise to power of General Suharto plus violent suppression of all ’Communist’ organizations. In the process a half million lives were lost. Open discussion of […]

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State Growth and Social Exclusion in Tibet: Challenges of Recent Economic Growth

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Andrew Martin Fischer 2005 The most pressing economic challenges facing the Tibetan areas of western China relate to the marginalization of the majority of Tibetans from rapid state-led growth. The urban-rural divide plays an impor-tant role in this polarized dynamic but alone only partially explains differences with other Chinese regions, all of which generally exhibit […]

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Four Masters of Chinese Storytelling: Full-length Repertoires of Yangzhou Storytelling on Video

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Vibeke Børdahl, Fei Li & Huang Ying (eds) 2004 This volume has its origins in the project ‘Large-scale Registration of Chinese Storytelling’, which involved the recording on film of 360 hours of performances by the four masters of Yangzhou storytelling, Dai Buzhang, Fei Zhengliang, Gao Zaihua and Ren Jitang. Four sets of these films have […]

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Internet, Governance and Democracy: Democratic Transitions from Asian and European Perspectives

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Compiled by Jens Hoff 2006 Insights from leading specialists in Internet studies allow unique comparative perspectives on the use of the Internet and its importance for political processes. The book aims at an understanding of the challenges of democratic transitions that the Internet poses in both Asia and Europe, using Denmark as an example of […]

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The Power of Ideas: Intellectual Input and Political Change in East and Southeast Asia

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Claudia Derichs & Thomas Heberer (eds) 2011 The traditional approach to studying the politics of a region is to focus on events, personalities, issues – the mechanics of the political process. What this volume looks to do is to step back and examine ideas and visions, as well as those who articulate them and/or put […]

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From Monobank to Commercial Banking: Financial Sector Reforms in Vietnam

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Jens Kovsted, John Rand & Finn Tarp 2004 This study analyses the difficulties and problems encountered in transforming the Vietnamese financial sector from one subordinate to government objectives and goals to an autonomous sector guided by market forces and competitive pressures. Here, the history of financial sector liberalization is traced and close attention paid to […]

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Trade and Society in the Straits of Melaka: Dutch Melaka and English Penang, 1780-1830

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Nordin Hussin 2006 This pioneering work from a member of Malaysia’s new generation of historians is a tale of two very different cities, the one with a trading heritage dating back centuries, the other a new creation spawned by the declining fortunes of the once mighty Dutch East India Company. Melaka was an important commercial […]

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Japanese Education and the Cram School Business: Functions, Challenges and Perspectives of the Juku

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Marie Højlund Roesgaard 2006 Cram schools (in Japanese called juku) are often mentioned in passing as a phenomenon functioning mainly to exacerbate competition and pressure on children, but no thorough study has been carried out of their function and types. It is the author’s intention to contribute to a more nuanced understanding of this feature […]

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Private Academies of Chinese Learning in Meiji Japan: The Decline and Transformation of the Kangaku Juku

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Margaret Mehl 2003 The establishment of a national education system soon after the Meiji Restoration of 1868 is recognized as a significant factor in Japan’s modernization, hence research on education is concentrated on the state system. However, this development did not mean the disappearance of the juku, the private academies which were so much a […]

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Kinship and Food in South East Asia

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Monica Janowski & Fiona Kerlogue (eds) 2011 Food has an important role in establishing and structuring social and kin relations in Southeast Asian societies. For this reason, there is growing interest within anthropology in understanding how the production, processing and consumption of food is one important basis for the construction of ties of relatedness, so-called […]

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The Thaksinization of Thailand

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Duncan McCargo & Ukrist Pathmanand 2011 The 1997 economic crisis ended two decades of pluralism in Thai politics and helped create the conditions for the landslide election victory in January 2001 of Thaksin Shinawatra, a fabulously wealthy telecommunications magnate often compared with Italian premier Silvio Berlusconi. Prime minister Thaksin has since exercised an extra-ordinary degree […]

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Politics, Culture and Self: East Asian and North European Attitudes

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Geir Helgesen & Soren Risbjerg Thomsen (eds) 2011 Globalization may be undermining Kipling’s assertion that “East is East and West is West” but arguably this is more in the realms of technological advances and consumer behaviour than in political culture. In the latter arena, much is still made of the contrasts between Eastern culture (characterized […]

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Southeast Asian Responses to Globalization: Restructuring Governance and Deepening Democracy

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Francis Loh Kok Wah & Joakim Öjendal 2005 This volume looks to go beyond the often one-dimensional debate on democratization in Asia. With an historical perspective, and looking to view change from within, ten case studies from Southeast Asia are presented that illuminate how processes of governance are being altered under the pressure of accelerating […]

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Mongols From Country to City: loating Boundaries, Pastoralism and City Life in the Mongol Lands

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Ole Bruun & Li Narangoa (eds) 2011 This volume examines the process of cultural change in Mongol societies since the early 20th century by considering the interaction of the basic structural features of pastoral nomadism in Mongolia with larger economies, both communist and capitalist; the effect of deliberate cultural reconstruction (ranging from changes to the […]

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Reforming Thai Politics

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Duncan McCargo (ed) 2002 Since 1932, Thai politics has undergone numerous political ‘reforms’, often accompanied by constitutional revisions and shifts in the location of power. Following the events of May 1992, there were strong pressures from certain groups in Thai society for a fundamental overhaul of the political order, culminating in the drafting and promulgation […]

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Co-Management of Natural Resources in Asia: A Comparative Perspective

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Gerard Persoon, Diny M. E. van Est & Percy E. Sajise (eds) 2003 Co-management, that is the sharing of responsibilities between governmental institutions and groups of resource users, is rapidly becoming popular in Asia. In many countries environmental management is reformulated from exclusive state control to various kinds of joint management in which local communities, […]

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Gender Politics in Asia: Women Manoeuvring with Dominant Gender Orders

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Wil Burghoorn, Kazuki Iwanaga, Cecilia Milwertz & Qi Wang (eds) 2008 This book demonstrates the great diversity in gender politics and women’s strategies to negotiate and change gender relations individually or collectively. It examines cultural complexities of gender by focusing on gender politics in Asia, with case studis from China, Japan, Singapore, the Philippines, Thailand […]

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Commoners and Nobles: Hereditary Divisions in Tibet

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Heidi Fjeld 2005 Written by one of the few scholars who has been able to conduct long-term fieldwork in the TAR, this study explores how Tibetans manoeuvre within two contradictory value systems – those of old Tibet and the new PRC – balancing between ideals and pragmatism. More specifically, it asks how and why it […]

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Civil Society and Democratization: Social Movements in Northeast Thailand

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Somchai Phatharathananunth 2011 This book is for anyone wondering whatever happened to Thailands vanished Marxist insurgents or interested in understanding the forces behind the mass demonstrations of peasants that periodically descend on Bangkok. Specifically, the book investigates the struggle of an important social movement in Thailand, the Small Scale Farmers’ Assembly of Isan (SSFAI), and […]

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Nature and Nation: Forests and Development in Peninsular Malaysia

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Jeyamalar Kathirithamby-Wells 2005 This book explores the relations between people and forests in Peninsular Malaysia where the planet’s richest terrestrial eco-system met head-on with the fastest pace of economic transformation experienced in the tropical world. It engages the interplay of history, culture, science, economics and politics to provide a holistic interpretation of the continuing relevance […]

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Beyond Chinatown: New Chinese Migration and the Global Expansion of China

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Mette Thunø (ed) 2007 Chinese migration has changed fundamentally in recent years. It no longer has the exceptional and ambivalent nature of earlier times when virtual slaves dreamed of returning home as rich men to China but instead settled in Chinatowns across the globe. An important factor is that China has changed, transformed by decades […]

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Breeds of Empire: The ‘Invention’ of the Horse in Southeast Asia and Southern Africa 1500-1950

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Greg Bankoff & Sandra Swart 2007 Ships of empire carried not just merchandise, soldiers and administrators around the globe but also equine genes from as far afield as Europe, Arabia, the Americas, China and Japan. In the process, they introduced horses into new parts of the world. This book explores the ‘invention’ of specific breeds […]

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Fengshui in China: Geomantic Divination Between State Orthodoxy and Popular Religion

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Ole Bruun 2011 Contrary to popular manuals, this book approaches fengshui from an academic angle, focusing on its significance in China, but also depicting the recent history of its reinterpretation in the West. It includes a historical account of fengshui over the last 150 years with anthropological fieldwork on contemporary practices in two Chinese rural […]

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Democratising Indonesia: The Challenges of Civil Society in the Era of Reformasi

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Mikaela Nyman 2006 The fall from power of Indonesia’s President Suharto in 1998 has drawn much media and academic attention but the focus has been on the elite perspective, the role of the regime and military; little has been published on civil society, let alone gender issues. This study, which covers the period from Suharto’s […]

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Indonesia and the Muslim World: Islam and Secularism in the Foreign Policy of Soeharto and Beyond

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Anak Agung Banyu Perwita 2007 Popular hostility and official ambivalence in Indonesia to the United States-led ‘War on Terror’ seem easily understandable in in the world’s largest Muslim country. But this kind of analysis misses the complexity of Indonesia and the host of internal differences behind this opposition. Military and bureaucratic elites since independence have […]

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Exploring Ethnic Diversity in Burma

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Mikael Gravers (ed) 2006 While the image of modern Myanmar/Burma tends to be couched in human rights terms – and especially of a heroic Aung San Suu Kyi opposing an oppressive military regime – in reality there are several conflicts with ethnic and religious dimensions, as well as political and ideological differences between the opposition […]

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Doing Fieldwork in China

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Maria Heimer & Stig Thøgersen (eds) 2006 Doing fieldwork inside the PRC is an eye-opening but sometimes also deeply frustrating experience. Fieldwork-based studies form the foundation for our understanding of Chinese politics and society, but there are conspicuously few detailed descriptions in the China literature of how people actually do their fieldwork, and of the […]

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Beyond the Green Myth: Borneo’s Hunter-Gatherers in the Twenty-First Century

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Peter Sercombe & Bernard Sellato (eds) 2006 Covering all those parts of Borneo where nomads (called Penan, Punan or by various other names) are or were known to exist, this book provides a comparative historical-ecological study of these groups. The study is primarily concerned with issues of modernization (the monetary economy, formalized institutions, centralized power […]

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Making Fields of Merit: Buddhist Female Ascetics and Gendered Orders in Thailand

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Monica Lindberg Falk 2007 Religion plays a central role in Thai society with Buddhism intertwined in the daily lives of the people. Religion also plays an important role in establishing gender boundaries. The growth in recent decades of self-governing nunneries and the increasing interest of Thai women in a Buddhist monastic life are notable changes […]

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Power, Resistance and Women Politicians in Cambodia: Discourses of Emancipation

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Mona Lilja 2007 In a world where there are few women politicians, Cambodia is still noticeable as a country where strong cultural and societal forces act to subjugate women and limit their political opportunities. However, in their everyday life, Cambodian women do try to improve their situation and increase their political power, not least via […]

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Modernization & Effeminization in India: Kerala Cashew Workers since 1930

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Anna Lindberg 2005 The South Indian state of Kerala is well known for its progressive policy, high social indicators, and comparatively high women’s status. Processes of modernization, however, have had an ambiguous impact on women. This study of female cashew factory workers in Kerala combines meticulous historical investigation with anthropological research, including a wealth of […]

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Women and Politics in Thailand

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Kazuki Iwanaga 2007 This edited volume, including contributions from some of the leading scholars in the field, addresses the challenges, obstacles and opportunities for increased women’s political representation in Thailand. Will Thai politics be different with an increase in the number of women politicians? What are the possibilities for Thai women to take proactive initiatives […]

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Pirates in Paradise: A Modern History of Southeast Asia’s Maritime Marauders

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Stefan Eklöf 2006 Since the late twentieth century, piracy has returned with a vengeance to the world’s oceans. Worst hit is Southeast Asia where thousands of people have lost their lives at the hands of pirates in the last 25 years. Here, oil tankers, cargo ships, passenger vessels, fishing boats and pleasure yachts all have […]

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I Will Send My Song: Kammu Vocal Genres in the Singing of Kam Raw

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Håkan Lundström 2009 Today, the Kammu are an upland people mainly found in Laos, Yunnan, Thailand, Burma and Vietnam. This people – who have retained their orally based culture through to the present day – provide an example of complex sung poetry that has seldom been studied in detail. In addition, it has long been […]

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Village China at War: The Impact of Resistance to Japan, 1937–1945

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Dagfinn Gatu 2007 This groundbreaking study on the forging of Chinese communism in the furnace of the anti-Japanese war focuses on North China, where the CCP first took root and later expanded to conquer China. Whilst the explosive growth of the Chinese Communist movement during the war years is a fact, the nature of this […]

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Women’s Political Participation and Representation in Asia: Obstacles and Challenges

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Kazuki Iwanaga 2007 Prominence has often been given to the lives and activities of such top female leaders in Asia as Indira Gandhi and Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo. Indeed, the ability of a small elite of highly educated, upper-class Asian women to obtain the highest political positions in their country is unmatched elsewhere in the world and […]

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Childbirth and Tradition in Northeast Thailand: Forty Years of Development and Cultural Change

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Anders Poulsen 2006 This beautifully illustrated volume offers a rare study of Isan-Thai customs and belief associated with pregnancy and birth and how they have changed over almost half a century. Using a psychological and socio-therapeutic framework, Anders Poulsen discusses the function of various birth rites while giving an unmatched description of all traditions specifically […]

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Democracy and National Identity in Thailand:

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Michael Kelly Connors 2006 This revised and updated paperback edition of the widely praised Democracy and National Identity in Thailand provides readers with a fascinating discussion of how debates about democracy and national identity in Thailand have evolved from the period of counter-insurgency in the 1960s to the current period. Focusing on state- and civil […]

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Land and Longhouse: Agrarian Transformation in the Uplands of Sarawak

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R.A. Cramb 2007 This book examines the role of community, market and state in the historic transformation of upland livelihoods in Southeast Asia. Focusing on the Saribas Iban of Sarawak, the book combines in-depth, generation-long village case studies with an account of changes in land use and tenure at the regional level spanning a century […]

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Burma and Japan Since 1940: From ‘Co-Prosperity’ to ‘Quiet Dialogue’

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Donald M. Seekins 2007 Modern Myanmar/Burma is very much a creation of World War II, when the British colony was occupied by the Japanese, and its immediate aftermath. These years saw the rise of Aung San and his assassination, as well as the establishment of military forces by the Japanese (subsequently evolving into today’s ruling […]

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Fiery Dragons: Banks, Moneylenders and Microfinance in Burma

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Sean Turnell 2009 This book tells the story of Burma’s financial system – of its banks, moneylenders and ‘microfinanciers’ – from colonial times to the present day. It argues that Burma’s financial system matters, and that the careful study of this system can tell us something more general about Burma – not least about how […]

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Violence and Belonging: Land, Love and Lethal Conflict in the North-West Frontier Province of Pakistan

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Are Knudsen 2009 Most studies of violence in the Middle East and South Asia come from the perspective of honour or political violence. By contrast, this important study offers a new perspective on its causes in Pakistan’s unruly North-West Frontier Province, challenging stereotyped images of a region and people miscast as extremist and militant. Based […]

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Other Landscapes: Colonialism and the Predicament of Authority in Nineteenth-Century South India South India

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Deborah Sutton 2009 Due to India’s inhospitable climate and vastness of the native population, European settlement was never seriously considered apart from in selected upland areas with cooler climates and sparse native populations. One such area was the Nilgiri Hills of South India which, from the early 19th century, saw concerted efforts at European colonization […]

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Constructing Singapore: Elitism, Ethnicity and the Nation-Building Project

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Michael D. Barr & Zlatko Skrbiš 2009 Constructing Singapore studies Singaporean nation-building by focusing on two processes: elite formation and elite selection. It gives primary attention to the role that ethno-racial ascription plays in these processes, but also considers the input of personal connections, personal power, class and gender. It is a study of the […]

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Performing the Divine: Mediums, Markets and Modernity in Urban Vietnam

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Kirsten W. Endres 2011 Vietnam in the last two decades has experienced not only market reform and significant economic growth but also a related, symbiotic revival of popular religion. It is no surprise, then, that popular beliefs and rituals that once were attacked as wasteful and superstitious have again become a conspicuous feature of contemporary […]

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People of Virtue: Reconfiguring Religion, Power and Moral Order in Cambodia Today

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Alexandra Kent & David Chandler (eds) 2009 Much attention has been given to the ‘killing fields’ of Cambodia, far less to how the country can recover and heal itself after such an experience. Crucial to this process has been the formation of a new moral order in Cambodia and hence the revival of religion in […]

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Proper Islamic Consumption: Shopping among the Malays in Modern Malaysia

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Johan Fischer 2009 The West has seen the rise of the organic movement. In the Muslim world, a similar halal movement is rapidly spreading. Malaysia is at the forefront of this new global phenomenon. Exploring consumption practices in urban Malaysia, this book shows how diverse forms of Malay middle-class consumption (of food, clothing and cars, […]

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Tourism in Southeast Asia: Challenges and New Directions

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Michael Hitchcock, Victor T. King & Michael Parnwell (eds) 2009 Adopting a multidisciplinary approach and including contributions from some of the leading researchers on tourism in Southeast Asia, this volume combines introductory material with an in-depth examination of anthropological writing on Southeast Asian tourism, followed by case studies dealing with issues as diverse as globalization, […]

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Heritage Tourism in Southeast Asia:

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Michael Hitchcock, Victor T. King & Michael Parnwell 2010 This book examines heritage tourism across the Southeast Asian region from different disciplinary perspectives. With material that is new and topical, it makes an important contribution to the fields of tourism studies, cultural studies, development and planning studies, and beyond. Set against a backdrop of the […]

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Getting Published: A Companion for the Humanities and Social Sciences

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Gerald Jackson & Marie Lenstrup 2009 An imperative element of the academic process is publishing research findings. Yet this is becoming increasingly difficult for authors to achieve as publishers are presented with growing numbers of manuscripts, decreasing library sales, and stronger demands on profitability. This book aims to maximise would-be authors’ chances of success in […]

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Cambodia’s Economic Transformation

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Caroline Hughes & Kheang Un (eds) 2011 From 2002, Cambodia underwent a visible economic transformation driven largely by such external factors as increased Chinese demand for primary commodities and a strong international demand for Cambodian garments. Apart from dramatic rates of economic growth, the boom involved the disappearance of forests and the decline of logging, […]

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Modern Muslim Identities: Negotiating Religion and Ethnicity in Malaysia

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Gerhard Hoffstaedter 2011 This book explores a central tension in identity politics: how the state, civil society and people in general may want to create and maintain cultural, religious and social cohesion while paradoxically their practices in everyday life often run counter to this. Malaysia is no exception. Here, a political elite maintains control and […]

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iChina: The Rise of the Individual in Modern Chinese Society

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Mette Halskov Hansen & Rune Svarverud (eds) 2009 In spite of the intense preoccupation with individual and self in modern Western thought, the social sciences have tended to focus on groups and collectives and downplay (even disregard) the individual. This implicit view has also coloured the study of social life in China where both Confucian […]

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The Sociology of Southeast Asia: Transformations in a Developing Region

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Victor T. King 2008 One of the main problems faced by teachers and students who have a scholarly interest in Southeast Asia is the lack of general, user-friendly texts in the social sciences. A single-authored, integrated introductory volume on the sociology of Southeast Asia is long overdue. This book is the first of its kind. […]

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Politicized Society: The Long Shadow of Taiwan’s One-party Legacy

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Mikael Mattlin 2011 This book explores a relatively uncharted area of democratic transitions: the empirical study of intensely politicized transitional societies. In particular, it addresses the problems of prolonged democratic transitions that occur when a one-party state has been incompletely dismantled. Taiwan’s gradual process of democratization has been celebrated as one of the most successful […]

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Mapping National Anxieties: Thailand’s Southern Conflict

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Duncan McCargo 2011 This latest book by award-winning researcher Duncan McCargo, one of the world’s leading specialists on contemporary Thailand, builds on previous projects to elucidate new aspects of the intractable Southern conflict that has claimed more than 4,500 lives since 2004. Mapping National Anxieties locates the insurgency in the context of Thailand’s wider political […]

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Beyond Democracy in Cambodia: Political Reconstruction in a Post-Conflict Society

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Joakim Öjendal & Mona Lilja (eds) 2009 The peace agreement, major reconstruction efforts and UN-supervised elections that followed Cambodia’s dark period of civil war and genocide have not brought the democracy and reconstruction that was hoped for. Political stability has emerged but seemingly only at the expense of democracy. Moreover, reconstruction efforts appear to be […]

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Lifestyle and Entertainment in Yangzhou

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Lucie Olivová & Vibeke Børdahl (eds) 2009 Yangzhou, once the central place of literati and urban culture, is still one of the most important centres of traditional culture in China today. Over the years particular regional forms of art and entertainment have arisen here, some surviving into the present time. This richly illustrated volume celebrates […]

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Cambodians and Their Doctors: A Medical Anthropology of Colonial and Post-Colonial Cambodia

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Jan Ovesen & Ing-Britt Trankell 2010 At face value, this book is about medicine in Cambodia over the last hundred years. At the same time, however, by using ‘medicine’ (in the sense of ideas, practices and institutions relating to health and illness) as a prism through which to view colonial and post-colonial Cambodian society more […]

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Asian Cities: Globalization, Urbanization and Nation-Building

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Malcolm McKinnon 2011 Asian Cities challenges Western theories of globalization and urban growth with a fresh and stimulating look at cities in developing Asia. It questions the status accorded globalization in explaining contemporary Asian cities, arguing instead that they are being transformed by three major forces – urbanization and nation-building as well as globalization. The […]

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Creating Laos: The Making of a Lao Space between Indochina and Siam, 1860–1945

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Søren Ivarsson 2008 The existence of Laos today is taken for granted. But the crystallization of a Lao national idea and ultimate independence for the country was a long and uncertain process. This book examines the process through which Laos came into existence under French colonial rule through to the end of World War II. […]

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Saying the Unsayable: Monarchy and Democracy in Thailand

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Søren Ivarsson & Lotte Isager (eds) 2010 The Thai monarchy today is usually presented as both guardian of tradition and the institution to bring modernity and progress to the Thai people. It is moreover seen as protector of the nation. Scrutinizing that image, this volume reviews the fascinating history of the modern monarchy. It also […]

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Gendered Inequalities in Asia: Configuring, Contesting and Recognizing Women and Men

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Helle Rydstrøm 2010 Global processes with flows in money, commodities and people have made it increasingly varied and has blurred what it means to be a female or male in Asia today. Socio-economic and cultural patterns in Asia intersect with one another and, in doing so, they translate into power relations that create both possibilities […]

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The Interplay of the Oral and the Written in Chinese Popular Literature

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Vibeke Børdahl 2010 Although the interrelationship between oral (or performing) and written traditions in Chinese popular literature is an issue that concerns practically everybody who reads or teaches Chinese literature, surprisingly it has never been properly treated in a scholarly forum before. For that reason alone, this volume is especially important and deserves serious consideration […]

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Submitting to God: Women and Islam in Urban Malaysia

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Sylva Frisk 2009 In recent decades, Malaysia has been profoundly changed both by forces of globalization, modernization and industrialization, and by a strong Islamization process. Some would argue that the situation of Malay women has worsened but such a conclusion is challenged by this study of the everyday religious practice of pious women within Kuala […]

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The Social Dynamics of Deforestation in the Philippines: Actions, Options and Motivations

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Gerhard van den Top 2010 Since 1900, the once-rich forests of the Philippines have virtually vanished. Based on ten years of research (five in the Sierra Madre region), this volume offers a detailed case study into the dynamics of forest use, degradation and loss in north-eastern Luzon. This is not merely an account of an […]

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Lost Goddesses:The Denial of Female Power in Cambodian History

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Trudy Jacobsen 2008 Women had a high status in pre-modern Southeast Asia; this is constantly stated, especially in relation to discussions on the status of women today in the region. Why, then, is it that the position of women there today is far from equitable? Few studies have examined how or when – let alone […]

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Going Indochinese: Contesting Concepts of Space and Place in French Indochina

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Christopher E. Goscha 2012 Why, Benedict Anderson once asked, did Javanese become Indonesian in 1945 whereas the Vietnamese balked at becoming Indochinese? In this classic study, Goscha shows that Vietnamese of all political colours came remarkably close to building a modern national identity based on the colonial model of Indochina while Lao and Cambodian nationalists […]

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Folk Tales of the Maldives

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Xavier Romero-Frias 2012 The Maldives are mainly known as an equatorial tourist paradise to the south of India but some will know the archipelago risks drowning owing to global warming. Far less is known about the people, who have occupied these islands for millennia but whose deep indigenous culture is today under threat from a […]

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Creative Spaces: Seeking the Dynamics of Change in China

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Denise Gimpel, Bent Nielsen & Paul Bailey (eds) 2012 China is in flux but – as argued by the contributors to this volume – change is neither new to China nor is it unique to that country; similar patterns are found in other times and in other places. Indeed, on the basis of concrete case […]

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Ideas, Society and Politics in Northeast Asia and Northern Europe

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Ras Tind Nielsen & Geir Helgesen (eds) 2012 This intriguing volume explains why, after centuries of Western scholars studying Asia, Asian scholars are beginning to study Western societies in return. Responding to the rise of Nordic studies in China, Japan and Korea, the authors explore how economic success in East Asia is raising issues – […]

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All Religions Merge in Tranquebar: religious Coexistence and Social Cohesion South India

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Oluf Schönbeck (with Peter B. Andersen) 2012 With globalization helping those who assert incompatible differences between their respective faiths, clashes of faith are increasingly common in different parts of the world. As a result, the study of religious conflict is also increasing. This book reverses that perspective by addressing a case of peaceful religious coexistence […]

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Monks and Magic: Revisiting a Classic Study of Religious Ceremonies in Thailand

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Barend Jan Terwiel 2012 First published in 1975, B.J. Terwiel’s Monks and Magic remains a widely cited text. This is an absorbing study of Buddhism as practised at that time in a community in rural Central Thailand, describing how esoteric spells and magical diagrams were the main interest of children and adolescents but full ritual […]

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Ancestors in Borneo Societies: Death, Transformation, and Social Immotality

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Pascal Couderc & Kenneth Sillander (eds) 2012 While death, eschatology and exotic indigenous deathways have long held a privileged position in the ethnographic and popular literature on Borneo, ancestors have remained a strangely neglected topic. This volume fills this lacuna by presenting a collection of essays on ancestors in Borneo societies written by anthropologists with […]

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Modern China-Myanmar Relations: Dilemmas of Mutual Dependence

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David I. Steinberg & Hongwei Fan 2012 This volume examines the changing relations between China and Burma/Myanmar since Burmese independence in 1948 and the formation of the People’s Republic of China in 1949. Using Chinese sources, it documents the negotiations and settlement of outstanding issues such as the border demarcation, the Chinese Nationalist forces in […]

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The Authority of Influence: Women and Power in Burmese History

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Jessica Harriden 2012 This book explores the relationship between gender and power in Burmese history from pre-colonial times to the present day and aims to identify the sources, nature and limitations of women’s power. The study takes as its starting point the apparent contradiction that, though Burmese women historically enjoyed relatively high social status and […]

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Wu Song Fights the Tiger: The Interaction of Oral and Written Traditions in the Chinese Novel, Drama and Storytelling

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Vibeke Børdahl 2013 The focus of Chinese literary studies has long been on the written word even though Chinese fiction and drama have strong oral roots and have been shaped by an interplay between oral and written traditions. The culmination of decades working on this issue – and using as its lens the story about […]

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Hunting and Fishing in a Kammu Village: Revisiting a Classic Study in Southeast Asian Ethnography

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Damrong Tayanin & Kristina Lindell 2013 This detailed and fascinating description of traditional hunting, trapping and fishing in northern Laos includes illustrations of traps, weapons, etc., an insight into rites and taboos pertaining to the work, and much more. First published in 1991 and quickly out of print, the book was hailed as ‘an outstanding […]

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Pattern and Loom: A Practical Study of the Weaving Techniques in China, Western Asia and Europe

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John Becker (with the collaboration of Donald B. Wagner) 2013 When John Becker’s Pattern and Loom was posthumously published in 1987, the work was hailed as an important work that revealed much new knowledge on the development of weaving techniques across the centuries from China through to Europe. The key to the book’s almost forensic […]

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Dictionary of Kammu Yúan Language and Culture

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Jan-Olof Svantesson, Kàm Ràw (Damrong Tayanin), Kristina Lindell & Håkon Lundström 2013 By retaining their orally based culture through to the present day, the Kammu of northern Laos and adjacent parts of Vietnam, Thailand and China have long been recognised as a repository for much that has been lost or ignored in the literate cultures […]

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Beyond the Singapore Girl: Discourses of Gender and Nation in Singapore

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Chris Hudson 2013 The branding of Singapore International Airlines with the image of a beautiful, petite and servile ‘Oriental’ woman dressed in figure-hugging sarong-kebaya is one of the world’s longest running and most successful advertising campaigns. But this image does not simply advertise a service; it is part of a global and national regime of […]

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Negotiating Autonomy in Greater China: Hong Kong and its Sovereign Before and After 1997

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Ray Yep (ed) 2013 Local autonomy is a complex and often contentious issue in many countries, not least because the situation often involves a process of continuous (re)negotiation. Moreover, the actual power relationship is defined not only by legal permissibility but also by such other factors as varying political perceptions, economic interests and previous encounters […]

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On the Fringes of the Harmonious Society: Tibetans and Uyghurs in Socialist China

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Trine Brox & Ildikó Bellér-Hann (eds) 2014 Since 1949, Tibetans and Uyghurs generally have been perceived as the two most problematic members of the PRC’s great family of peoples and been the targets of ‘carrot and stick’ measures designed to facilitate their integration into the PRC. In recent years, a solution to the problem of […]

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Dialogue with North Korea?: Preconditions for Talking Human Rights With a Hermit Kingdom

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Geir Helgesen & Hatla Thelle 2013 There is hardly another country as isolated and with such a bleak image as North Korea. It is portrayed in the Western media as a Hermit Kingdom ruled by an outdated, communist dictatorship whose clandestine nuclear programmes alarm its neighbours and which uses dreadful labour camps to control a […]

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Power and Dissent in Imperial japan: Three Forms of Political Engagement

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Hiromi Sasamoto-Collins 2013 This volume examines the careers and intellectual positions of three prominent Japanese “dissidents” in the later Imperial period – Minobe Tatsukichi, Sakai Toshihiko and Saitō Takao – as individual responses to the new forms of authority that appeared after the Meiji Restoration of 1868. The principles to which each adhered – the […]

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After the Great East Japan Earthquake: Political and Policy Change in Post-Fukushima Japan

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*Dominic Al-Badri & Gijs Berends (eds)** 2013 The triple disaster that struck Japan in March 2011 began with the most powerful earthquake known to have hit Japan and led to tsunami up to 40 meters in height that devastated a wide area and caused thousands of deaths. The ensuing accident at the Fukushima-Daiichi nuclear power […]

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Hot Science, High Water: Assembling Nature, Society and Environmental Policy in Contemporary Vietnam

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Eren Zink 2013 Hot Science, High Water explores the work of different generations of Vietnamese scientists as they engage with local and international efforts to conserve nature, address climate change, and carry out scientific research. Drawing upon ethnographic fieldwork in universities, government offices, and foreign embassies, as well as the muddy intertidal zones of coastal […]

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The Shanghai Cooperation Organization and Eurasian Geopolitics: New Directions, Perspectives, and Challenges

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Michael Fredholm (ed) 2012 The Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) has developed into a key regional security group in Asia, its member states representing no less than “half of humanity”. Alarmists believe that the SCO is making itself into a NATO of the East, thus posing a long-term threat to the West. Moreover, several members are […]

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The Bodo of Assam: Revisiting a Classical Study from 1950

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**Halfdan Siiger (edited by Peter B. Andersen, Santosh K. Soren) 2015 The Bodo (or Boros) are one of the indigenous tribal peoples of Assam. During colonial times they resisted Christianization and in recent decades they have been involved both in interethnic violence and separatist insurgencies. Much research has gone into understanding the Boros and their […]

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Burma/Myanmar – Where Now?

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Mikael Gravers & Flemming Ytzen (eds) 2014 Recent changes in Burma/Myanmar have been called the ‘Burmese democratic spring’. While the international media have mainly focused on the economic opportunities offered by these changes and on the doings and sayings of Aung San Suu Kyi, the reality is far more complex. The country is desperately poor, […]

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Tuked Rini, Cosmic Traveller: Life and Legend in the Heart of Borneo

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Monica Janowski 2014 This innovative and visually engaging study presents a legend from Borneo in which the Kelabit hero Tuked Rini ventures out into the cosmos to do battle in remote spirit-laden places, returning to his wife with the heads of his enemies. Accompanied by audio material and additional resources that will be developed on […]

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Vietnam's New Middle Classes: Gender, Career, City

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Catherine Earl 2014 This volume explores the social consequences of macro-economic reform introduced in Vietnam more than a quarter of a century ago through a focus on young women graduates who hope to find success in Ho Chi Minh City’s growing graduate labour market. They are part of Vietnam’s new middle class, an educated and […]

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Vietnam’s New Middle Classes: Gender, Career, City

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Catherine Earl 2014 This volume explores the social consequences of macro-economic reform introduced in Vietnam more than a quarter of a century ago through a focus on young women graduates who hope to find success in Ho Chi Minh City’s growing graduate labour market. They are part of Vietnam’s new middle class, an educated and […]

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Governing Cambodia's Forests: The International Politics of Policy Reform

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Andrew Cock 2016 The destruction of Cambodia’s forests gathered pace from the 1990s, receiving much international publicity at the time from environmental NGOs but far less scholarly treatment. That deficiency is now addressed by this detailed and sophisticated case study of the process by which aid donors and Cambodia’s elites worked to designate much of […]

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Governing Cambodia’s Forests: The International Politics of Policy Reform

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Andrew Cock 2016 The destruction of Cambodia’s forests gathered pace from the 1990s, receiving much international publicity at the time from environmental NGOs but far less scholarly treatment. That deficiency is now addressed by this detailed and sophisticated case study of the process by which aid donors and Cambodia’s elites worked to designate much of […]

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Recruit to Revolution: Adventure and Politics during the Indonesian Struggle for Independence

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John Coast (edited by Laura Noszlopy) 2015 This gripping memoir narrates the formative years of the Indonesian nation through the lens of English adventurer John Coast. After years in Japanese POW camps where he first met Indonesians and learned Malay, this young British officer made his way back to Southeast Asia in order to help […]

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Gendered Entanglements: Revisiting Gender in Rapidly Changing Asia

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Ragnhild Lund, Philippe Doneys & Bernadette P. Resurrección (eds) 2015 The overall objective of this volume is to revisit gender as a concept that can engage simultaneously with change and continuity in today’s Asia, but with greater intellectual reflexivity to examine multiple, intersecting, and complex dimensions of identity and difference, and formerly unacknowledged sources of […]

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UNESCO in Southeast Asia: World Heritage Sites in Comparative Perspective

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Victor T. King (ed) 2015 Southeast Asia’s 36 UNESCO World Heritage Sites make a significant contribution to their respective country’s national prestige and identity, international profile and tourism development plans. Yet, although much is known about some individual sites like Angkor and Borobudur, we know very little about all sites in comparative terms. This wide-ranging […]

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Governing Civil Service Pay in China

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Alfred M. Wu 2014 As agents of the state, civil servants play a central role in public governance and socioeconomic development. In developing countries, an effective civil service pay system may provide strong incentives for better public service and rein in corruption, whereas poor remuneration can fuel corruption and discontent among civil servants. Grappling to […]

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Doing Fieldwork in China … with Kids!: The Dynamics of Accompanied Fieldwork in the People's Republic

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Candice Cornet & Tami Blumenfield (eds) 2015 While many anthropologists and other scholars relocate with their families in some way or another during fieldwork periods, this detail is often missing from their writings even though undoubtedly children can have had a major impact on their work. Recognizing that researcher-parents have many choices regarding their children’s […]

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Doing Fieldwork in China … with Kids!: The Dynamics of Accompanied Fieldwork in the People’s Republic

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Candice Cornet & Tami Blumenfield (eds) 2015 While many anthropologists and other scholars relocate with their families in some way or another during fieldwork periods, this detail is often missing from their writings even though undoubtedly children can have had a major impact on their work. Recognizing that researcher-parents have many choices regarding their children’s […]

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Walking a Tightrope: Defending Human Rights in China

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Gert Holmgaard Nielsen 2014 How do Chinese people defend human rights in China without going to jail? How can they seek justice without the state hitting back at them? The human rights situation in China is not without its challenges but even so the last decades have seen marked improvements. Even so, much of the […]

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Queer/Tongzhi China: New Perspectives on Research, Activism and Media Cultures

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Elisabeth L. Engebretsen & William Schroeder (eds), with Hongwei Bao 2015 This book brings together some of the most exciting, original and cutting-edge work being conducted on contemporary queer China. The volume includes original essays by some of the most prolific and central queer activists and artists in the PRC, placing their writing alongside work […]

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Mobile Citizens: French Indians in Indochina, 1858-1954

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Natasha Pairaudeau 2016 When France laid claim to the territories which became French Indochina, its beleaguered trading posts on the east coast of India gained a new purpose, sending Indians to help secure and administer its newest possessions and to assist in their commercial expansion. The migrants were among those peoples of France’s overseas empire […]

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China's Contested Internet

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Guobin Yang (ed) 2015 Is there a pre-Weibo and post-Weibo era in Chinese Internet history? Are hackerspaces in China the same as in the West? How can the censorship of an Internet novel end up “producing” it? How is Lu Xun’s passive and ignorant spectator turned into an activist on the Internet? What are the […]

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China’s Contested Internet

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Guobin Yang (ed) 2015 Is there a pre-Weibo and post-Weibo era in Chinese Internet history? Are hackerspaces in China the same as in the West? How can the censorship of an Internet novel end up “producing” it? How is Lu Xun’s passive and ignorant spectator turned into an activist on the Internet? What are the […]

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End of Empire: 100 Days in 1945 that Changed Asia and the World

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David P. Chandler, Robert Cribb & Li Narangoa (eds) 2016 Aiming to balance the focus on European events in global public discussions and reminiscences of World War II, End of Empire focuses on a brief, 100-day period at the end of the war across a broad sweep of eastern Asia – a time when the […]

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King Norodom’s Head: Phnom Penh Sights Beyond the Guidebooks

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Steven W. Boswell 2015 King Norodom’s Head deals with sights of Phnom Penh rarely found in guidebooks. This is not, therefore, a guidebook with walking tours of the town. There are no detailed descriptions of the Royal Palace, National Museum, or Khmer Rouge’s infamous S-21 detention-cum-torture centre, though all these places make appearances in the […]

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Cultivating Gender: Meanings of Place and Work in Rural Vietnam

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Cecilia Bergstedt 2015 “The husband ploughs, the wife transplants, the buffalo harrows.” In rural Vietnam, this ancient saying has survived communist revolution, land reforms and the recent rise of market-oriented household farming. And yet, even if this trinity still pictures the ideal essence of farming life, the reality is that urbanization, labour migration and economic […]

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