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The Modern Anthropology of Southeast Asia

Series Editor: Victor T. King, Michael Hitchcock

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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  1. Post-Tsunami Recovery in Thailand

    Socio-cultural responses

    By Monica Lindberg Falk

    Series: The Modern Anthropology of Southeast Asia

    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...

    Published September 18th 2014 by Routledge

  2. Sex, Love and Money in Cambodia

    Professional Girlfriends and Transactional Relationships

    By Heidi Hoefinger

    Series: The Modern Anthropology of Southeast Asia

    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’...

    Published September 2nd 2014 by Routledge

  3. Democracy, Corruption and the Politics of Spirits in Contemporary Indonesia

    By Nils Bubandt

    Series: The Modern Anthropology of Southeast Asia

    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,...

    Published May 26th 2014 by Routledge

  4. Identity and the State in Malaysia

    By Fausto Barlocco

    Series: The Modern Anthropology of Southeast Asia

    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...

    Published November 18th 2013 by Routledge

  5. The Changing Village Environment in Southeast Asia

    Applied anthropology and environmental reclamation in the northern Philippines

    By Ben Wallace

    Series: The Modern Anthropology of Southeast Asia

    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...

    Published August 7th 2013 by Routledge

  6. The Orang Suku Laut of Riau, Indonesia

    The inalienable gift of territory

    By Cynthia Chou

    Series: The Modern Anthropology of Southeast Asia

    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...

    Published March 28th 2012 by Routledge

  7. Southeast Asian Perspectives on Power

    Edited by Liana Chua, Joanna Cook, Nicholas Long, Lee Wilson

    Series: The Modern Anthropology of Southeast Asia

    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...

    Published March 15th 2012 by Routledge

  8. Modernity and Malaysia

    Settling the Menraq Forest Nomads

    By Alberto Gomes

    Series: The Modern Anthropology of Southeast Asia

    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...

    Published August 14th 2010 by Routledge

  9. The Changing World of Bali

    Religion, Society and Tourism

    By Leo Howe

    Series: The Modern Anthropology of Southeast Asia

    The glossy guide book image of Bali is of a timeless paradise whose people are devoutly religious and artistically gifted. However, a hundred years of colonialism, war and Indonesian independence, and tourism have produced both modernizing changes and created an image of Bali as ‘traditional’....

    Published April 14th 2009 by Routledge

  10. The Modern Anthropology of South-East Asia

    An Introduction

    By Victor King, William D. Wilder

    Series: The Modern Anthropology of Southeast Asia

    This is a comprehensive introduction to the social and cultural anthropology of South-East Asia. It provides an overview of the major theoretical issues and themes which have emerged from the engagement of anthropologists with South-East Asian communities; a succinct historical survey and...

    Published November 13th 2002 by Routledge

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