Journal of Southeast Asian Studies

A journal publishing scholarly articles on Southeast Asia (Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, East Timor, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam). Embraces several academic disciplines in the humanities and social sciences. In

Articles from Vol. 41, No. 2, June

A Traffic in Songket: Translocal Malay Identities in Sambas
Until recently, the intra-regional or translocal dimensions of contemporary Malay identity processes seem to have been relatively overlooked in discussions of Malay ethnicity. With the exception of studies linking Malay identity to a global resurgence...
Different Views of History: Shades of Irredentism along the Laos-Cambodia Border
Introduction Laos and Cambodia are frequently considered to share a common destiny as comparatively sparsely populated buffer states squeezed between two much more powerful neighbours: Vietnam and Thailand. The two countries are also commonly seen...
External Actors and the Relative Autonomy of the Ruling Elite in Post-UNTAC Cambodia
'... to understand the patterns of development in Third World nations, scholars should pay more attention to the capacity for autonomous choice on the part of local actors, both public and private, and give greater weight to the importance of these...
Famine in a Land of Plenty: Plight of a Rice-Growing Community in Java, 1883-84
Explaining the economic underpinnings of peasant rebellion in colonial Southeast Asia, lames Scott argues that, with the possible exception of the Dutch East Indies, especially lava, where the Dutch colonial state seemingly preserved, or rather 'fossilised',...
Rethinking Cambodian Political Discourse on Territory: Genealogy of the Buddhist Ritual Boundary (Sima)
'I am glad that I am a nomad.... I have always regarded the significance given by people to borders as ridiculous.' Roman Polanski Introduction Today the idea of territorial sovereignty as the organising principle of relations between states...
'They Have Not Progressed Enough': Development's Negated Identities among Two Indigenous Peoples (Orang Asli) in Indonesia and Thailand
Introduction During the first days of my fieldwork among the Orang Sakai of Riau (1996-97), I was confronted directly with the Indonesian state culture of development. The words pembangunan (development) and the ideologically related kemajuan (progress)...
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