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Anthropology of Asia

Series Editor: Shaun Malarney

Asia today is one of the most dynamic regions of the world. The previously predominant image of ‘timeless peasants’ has given way to the image of fast-paced business people, mass consumerism and high-rise urban conglomerations. Yet much discourse remains entrenched in the polarities of East versus West’, ‘Tradition versus Change’. This series hopes to provide a forum for anthropological studies which break with such polarities. It will publish titles dealing with cosmopolitanism, cultural identity, representations, arts and performance. The complexities of urban Asia, its elites, its political rituals, and its families will also be explored.

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11-19 of 19 results in Anthropology of Asia
  1. Buddhism Observed

    Travellers, Exiles and Tibetan Dharma in Kathmandu

    By Peter Moran

    Series: Anthropology of Asia

    How do contemporary Westerners and Tibetans understand not only what it means to be 'Buddhist', but what it means to be hailed as one from 'the West' or from 'Tibet'? This anthropological study examines the encounter between Western travellers and Tibetan exiles in Bodhanath, on the outskirts of...

    Published February 26th 2004 by Routledge

  2. The Ethnography of Vietnam's Central Highlanders

    A Historical Contextualization 1850-1990

    By Oscar Salemink

    Series: Anthropology of Asia

    This book looks at ethnographic discourses concerning the indigenous population of Vietnam's Central Highlands during periods of christianization, colonization, war and socialist transformation, and analyses these in their relation to tribal, ethnic, territorial, governmental and gendered...

    Published December 12th 2002 by Routledge

  3. Culture, Ritual and Revolution in Vietnam

    By Shaun Malarney

    Series: Anthropology of Asia

    This is a study of the history and consequences of the revolutionary campaign to transform culture and ritual in northern Vietnam. Based upon official documents and several years of field research in Thinh Liet commune - a Red River delta community near Hanoi - it provides the first detailed...

    Published June 27th 2002 by Routledge

  4. Cultural Crisis and Social Memory

    Modernity and Identity in Thailand and Laos

    By Charles F. Keyes, Shigeharu Tanabe

    Series: Anthropology of Asia

    This book explores social memory in the context of cultural crises of modernity in Thailand and Laos. It explicates the ways in which social memory constructed by the people enters modernity, and how this in turn causes fundamental ruptures with their past, as well as the various ways cultural...

    Published May 16th 2002 by Routledge

  5. The Globalisation of Chinese Food

    Edited by Sidney Cheung, David Y. H. Wu

    Series: Anthropology of Asia

    By considering the practice of globalisation, these essays describe changes, variations and innovations to Chinese food in many parts of the world. The book reviews and broadens classic theories about ethnic and social identity formation through the examination of Chinese food, providing a powerful...

    Published February 14th 2002 by Routledge

  6. Japanese Bosses, Chinese Workers

    Power and Control in a Hongkong Megastore

    By Wong Heung Wah Wong

    Series: Anthropology of Asia

    Examines the ways in of organising work, rank, compensation, and promotion inside a large Japanese company in Hong Kong, and its spiritual training, to reveal the socio-economic base of managerial control. A must for anthropologists and Japanologists....

    Published August 25th 1999 by Routledge

  7. The Legend of the Golden Boat

    Regulation, Trade and Traders in the Borderlands of Laos, Thailand, Burma and China

    By Andrew Walker

    Series: Anthropology of Asia

    This book provides a new approach to the study of South-East Asia's northern borderlands. Based on extensive travel in the upper-Mekong hinterland, it provides a fascinating account of the lives of the transport operators, traders, entrepreneurs and government officials who are contributing to the...

    Published August 16th 1999 by Routledge

  8. Folk Art Potters of Japan

    Beyond an Anthropology of Aesthetics

    By Brian Moeran

    Series: Anthropology of Asia

    This is a study of a group of potters living in a small community in the south of Japan, and about the problems they face in the production, marketing and aesthetic appraisal of a kind of stoneware pottery generally referred to as mingei, or folk art. It shows how different people in an art world...

    Published August 27th 1997 by Routledge

  9. Hong Kong

    Anthropological Essays on a Chinese Metropolis

    By Grant Evans, Maria Tam

    Series: Anthropology of Asia

    Hong Kong has become a by-word for all that is modern and sparkling in Asia today.Yet tourist brochures still play with the old cliche of Hong Kong as a place where 'East meets West'. Images of so-called 'traditional' China, junks sailing Victoria Harbour or old women praying to gods in smoky...

    Published June 25th 1997 by Routledge

Forthcoming Books

  1. Buddhism Observed: Travellers, Exiles and Tibetan Dharma in Kathmandu
    By Peter Moran
    To Be Published July 31st 2015
  2. Culture, Ritual and Revolution in Vietnam
    By Shaun Malarney
    To Be Published June 11th 2016

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