SOJOURN: Journal of Social Issues in Southeast Asia

Sojourn provides research on social issues in Southeast Asia.

Articles from Vol. 16, No. 2, October

An Approach for Analysing State-Society Relations in Vietnam
Vietnam's leaders say the government is "of the people, for the people, and by the people". Yet the country's political system has only one political party, the Communist Party. Elections typically have only candidates approved by that party. Tight...
Behind the Postcolonial: Architecture, Urban Space and Political Cultures in Indonesia
Behind the Postcolonial: Architecture, Urban Space and Political Cultures in Indonesia. By Abidin Kusno. London and New York: Routledge, 2000. 250 pp. Indonesia is a large country, one that when its map is laid over that of Europe stretches from...
Editor's Note
Vietnam is an authoritarian regime. This statement is the easiest label one can use to describe the political system in Vietnam. Yet the label is also incomplete, and perhaps misleading. The label of authoritarianism says little about what actual influence...
Genders and Sexualities in Modern Thailand
Genders and Sexualities in Modern Thailand. Edited by Peter A. Jackson and Nerida M. Cook. Chiangmai: Silkworm Books, 1999. 289 pp. This interesting and useful collection of papers brings together a variety of scholarly perspectives on a highly...
Introduction: Analysing the State in Vietnam
In recent scholarship on Vietnam for the English-speaking world, the topics concerning the wars that engulfed the country between 1945 and 1975 still predominate. For example, 80 per cent of the new titles regarding Vietnam available through Amazon.com,...
Media Negotiating the State: In the Name of the Law in Anticipation
Whenever it reports on the media in Vietnam, the international press dwells on matters such as how censorious the state is of journalism. This "freedom of the press" paradigm also finds some expression within Vietnamese discourse on media. The country's...
Negotiating the Socialist State in Vietnam through Local Administrators: The Case of Karaoke Shops
"The Party Has Policies, but the People Have Ways" The party-state in Vietnam easily gives the impression of being strong in its ability to direct and regulate society,(1) but such an impression is inadequate in understanding in full the dynamics...
Overturned Chariot: The Autobiography of Phan Boi Chau
Overturned Chariot: The Autobiography of Phan Boi Chau. Translated by Vinh Sinh and Nicholas Wickenden. Honolulu: University of Hawaii Press, 1999. Phan Boi Chau is a name that is very familiar to most Vietnamese, but rarely recognized beyond Vietnam....
Public Spaces/Public Disgraces: Crowds and the State in Contemporary Vietnam
In 1945 an excited and urgent crowd, wildly shouting with a revolutionary fervour, watched as Ho Chi Minh declared independence for Vietnam in Ba Dinh Square in Hanoi. Being a spectator of this formative national moment assured many individuals of...
Rules and Resources: Negotiating the Household Registration System in Vietnam under Reform
In Vietnam everyone has to be recorded as belonging to a household (ho). The name of every household member (khau) has to be entered, at declaration of birth, in a booklet, registered at a particular place. The administration of the rules governing...
Urbane Rationalitat. eine Stadtanthropologische Studie Zu Ujung Pandang (Makassar), Indonesien
Urbane Rationalitat. Eine stadtanthropologische Studie zu Ujung Pandang (Makassar), Indonesien. By Christoph Antweiler Kolner. Ethnologische Mitteilungen Band 12, Berlin: Reimer Verlag, 2000. 500 pp. This book consists of three main parts: firstly,...
White Love and Other Events in Philippine History
White Love and Other Events in Philippine History. By Vicente L. Rafael. Durham and London: Duke University Press, 2000. 288 pp. The Introduction to this collection of eight essays posits that Philippine history and the essay form are complementary....