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Rethinking Southeast Asia

Series Editor: Duncan McCargo

Southeast Asia is a dynamic and rapidly-changing region which continues to defy predictions and challenge formulaic understandings. This series will publish cutting-edge work on the region, providing a venue for books that are readable, topical, interdisciplinary and critical of conventional views. It aims to communicate the energy, contestations and ambiguities that make Southeast Asia both consistently fascinating and sometimes potentially disturbing.

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1-10 of 13 results in Rethinking Southeast Asia
  1. Politics and Governance in Indonesia

    The Police in the Era of Reformasi

    By Muradi

    Series: Rethinking Southeast Asia

    How does an authoritarian state reform its police force following a transition to democracy? In 1998, Indonesia, the third largest country in the world, faced just such a challenge. Policing had long been managed under the jurisdiction of the military, as an instrument of the Suharto regime – and...

    Published May 19th 2014 by Routledge

  2. Civil Society in the Philippines

    Theoretical, Methodological and Policy Debates

    By Gerard Clarke

    Series: Rethinking Southeast Asia

    Drawing on qualitative and quantitative research, this book provides a path-breaking account of civil society in the Philippines. It challenges the widespread belief in political science and development studies literature that civil society in developing countries is an institutional arena in which...

    Published September 18th 2012 by Routledge

  3. Decentralization and Adat Revivalism in Indonesia

    The Politics of Becoming Indigenous

    By Adam D. Tyson

    Series: Rethinking Southeast Asia

    This book examines the dynamic process of political transition and indigenous (adat) revival in newly decentralized Indonesia. The political transition in May 1998 set the stage for the passing of Indonesia’s framework decentralization laws. These laws include both political and technocratic...

    Published April 16th 2012 by Routledge

  4. Truth on Trial in Thailand

    Defamation, Treason, and Lèse-Majesté

    By David Streckfuss

    Series: Rethinking Southeast Asia

    Since 2005, Thailand has been in crisis, with unprecedented political instability and the worst political violence seen in the country in decades. In the aftermath of a military coup in 2006, Thailand’s press freedom ranking plunged, while arrests for lèse-majesté have skyrocketed to levels unknown...

    Published April 11th 2011 by Routledge

  5. Living at the Edge of Thai Society

    The Karen in the Highlands of Northern Thailand

    By Claudio Delang

    Series: Rethinking Southeast Asia

    The Karen are one of the major ethnic minority groups in the Himalayan highlands, living predominantly in the border area between Thailand and Burma. As the largest ethnic minority in Thailand, they have often been in conflict with the Thai majority. This book is the first major ethnographic and...

    Published September 17th 2010 by Routledge

  6. Virtual Thailand

    The Media and Cultural Politics in Thailand, Malaysia and Singapore

    By Glen Lewis

    Series: Rethinking Southeast Asia

    Written by an established expert on Thailand, this is one of the first books to fully investigate the Thai media’s role during the Thaksin government’s first term. Incorporating political economy and media theory, the book provides a unique insight into globalization in Southeast Asia, analyzing...

    Published April 30th 2009 by Routledge

  7. Thailand Beyond the Crisis

    By Peter Warr

    Series: Rethinking Southeast Asia

    Thailand Beyond the Crisis includes recent research to give an accurate and up to date picture of the status of Thailand's economic recovery. The Asian economic crisis began in Thailand and ended a decade of sustained economic boom. This book identifies the role of policy errors involving both the...

    Published September 9th 2004 by Routledge

  8. Rethinking Vietnam

    By Duncan McCargo

    Series: Rethinking Southeast Asia

    A uniquely comprehensive overview of a fascinating and rapidly changing country, dealing with the politics, economics, society and foreign policy of Vietnam from the Doi Moi reforms of market socialism in 1986 to the present day. Drawing on fieldwork and analysis by an international team of...

    Published April 22nd 2004 by Routledge

  9. Military Politics and Democratization in Indonesia

    By Jun Honna

    Series: Rethinking Southeast Asia

    The military have had a key role to play in Indonesia's recent history and may well have a decisive role to play in her future. This book looks at the role of the military in the downfall of Suharto and their ongoing influence on the succeeding governments of B.J. Habibie and Abdurrahman Wahid. The...

    Published January 9th 2003 by Routledge

  10. Changing Political Economy of Vietnam

    The Case of Ho Chi Minh City

    By Martin Gainsborough

    Series: Rethinking Southeast Asia

    This book explores the way in which the state has become commercialised under reform as party and government officials have gone into business and considers the impact that this has had on politics within Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi. The book charts the way in which power has been decentralised to...

    Published December 12th 2002 by Routledge

Forthcoming Books

  1. Reporting Thailand's Southern Conflict: Mediating Political Dissent
    By Phansasiri Kularb
    To Be Published November 30th 2015
  2. Transnational Islamic Actors and Indonesia’s Foreign Policy: Transcending the State
    By Delphine Alles
    To Be Published December 16th 2015
  3. The Politics of Decentralisation in Cambodia
    By Netra Eng
    To Be Published May 1st 2016

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