SOJOURN: Journal of Social Issues in Southeast Asia Vol. 24/1 (April 2009). Special Focus on "The Most Influential Books of Southeast Asia"

SOJOURN: Journal of Social Issues in Southeast Asia Vol. 24/1 (April 2009). Special Focus on "The Most Influential Books of Southeast Asia"
Hui Yew-Foong, editor
Date of publication:  May 2009
Publisher:  Institute of Southeast Asian Studies
Number of pages:  159
Code:  SJ24/1


  • SOJOURN: Journal of Social Issues in Southeast Asia Vol. 24/1 (April 2009). Special Focus on "The Most Influential Books of Southeast Asia"
    [Whole Publication]
  • Preliminary Pages with Editor's Note
  • Nationalism in Southeast Asia: Revisiting Kahin, Roff, and Anderson, by Terence Chong, author
    <i>Nationalism and Revolution in Indonesia</i>. By George McTurnan Kahin. Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 1952. <i>The Origins of Malay Nationalism</i>. By William R. Roff. New Haven: Yale University Press, 1994 (1967). <i>Imagined Communities: Reflections on the Origin and Spread of Nationalism</i>. By Benedict R.O'G. Anderson. London; New York: Verso, 1991 (1983).
  • The (Un)Changing World of Peasants: Two Perspectives, by Hui Yew-Foong, author
    <i>Agricultural Involution: The Process of Ecological Change in Indonesia</i>. By Clifford Geertz. Berkeley and Los Angeles, California: University of California Press, 1963. <i>The Moral Economy of the Peasant: Rebellion and Subsistence in Southeast Asia</i>. By James C. Scott. New Haven: Yale University Press, 1976.
  • Furnivall's Plural Society and Leach's Political Systems of Highland Burma, by Lee Hock Guan, author
    <i>Colonial Policy and Practice: A Comparative Study of Burma and Netherlands India</i>. By J.S. Furnivall. New York: New York University Press, 1956 (1948). <i>Political Systems of Highland Burma: A Study of Kachin Social Structure</i>. By Edmund R. Leach. Boston: Beacon Press, 1965 (1954).
  • Revisiting Two Classics: Charting the Mental World of the Oppressed, by Ooi Kee Beng, contributor
    <i>Pasyon and Revolution: Popular Movements in the Philippines, 1980-1910</i>. By Reynaldo Clemea Ileto. Quezon City: Ateneo de Manila University Press, 1979. <i>Weapons of the Weak: Everyday Forms of Peasant Resistance</i>. By James C. Scott. New Haven and London: Yale University Press, 1985.
  • Fruits of the Orchard: Land, Space, and State in Kepulauan Riau, by Nicholas Long, author
    What gives somebody a right over land? Drawing on recent re-theorizations of "space", this paper ethnographically dissects a dispute over the illegal settling of an abandoned orchard in the Indonesian province of Kepulauan Riau. It demonstrates how parallel "rights", "duties", and claims of "belonging" can emerge from the multiple webs of social relationships in which land is enmeshed. Local incarnations of the state are similarly embroiled in these parallel social and spatial networks, fracturing the authority of the state as arbiter. The case thus offers fresh perspectives on land rights, spatiality, and the state in both Indonesia and social theory.
  • Unsettled Post-Revolutionaries in the Online Public Sphere, by Warren Paul Mayes, author
    The internet is opening up new spaces for communication between young post-revolutionary urbanites in the Lao People's Democratic Republic and the exiled communities of the diaspora in the United States and elsewhere. While the Lao Government values the internet for its ability to harness the economic potential of these communities, it also exposes young elites in the capital, Vientiane, to critical debates about what a future Laos 'should' be. Such debates are almost non-existent in the tightly controlled authoritarian public sphere within Laos. This article analyses the participation of post-revolutionaries in debates in the online public sphere and argues that it is informed by an ethics of reconciliation and responsibility lacking in the anti-communist politics of exile inspired by the West. The article is the product of extensive fieldwork in Laos and ongoing participation in online communities, discussion forums and messaging networks.
  • Teaching Dharma, Grooming Sangha: The Buddhist College of Singapore, by Jack Chia Meng Tat, author
    This article is a preliminary observation of the recently established Buddhist College of Singapore (BCS). It seeks to propose, building on Kuah Khun Eng's notion of "Reformist Buddhism", that the college can be seen as a product of the Reformist Buddhist movement in Singapore. By positioning the BCS within this larger context of Reformist Buddhist movement, this article argues that Reformist Buddhism has legitimized the process of rationalization and bureaucratization of the Buddhist institutions in the country. This has, to a large extent, contributed to the organizational and educational structure of the BCS.
  • BOOK REVIEW: Powers of Blessing from the Wilderness and from Heaven: Structure and Transformations in the Religion of the Toraja in the Mamasa Area of South Sulawesi, by Kees Buijs, by Terance Bigalke, author
  • BOOK REVIEW: Indonesian Literature vs. New Order orthodoxy: The Aftermath of 1965-1966, by Anna-Greta Nilsson Hoadley, by Melani Budianta, author
  • BOOK REVIEW: Asian and Pacific Cosmopolitans: Self and Subject in Motion, edited by Kathyrn Robinson, by Philip Holden, author
  • BOOK REVIEW: Challenging the Limits: Indigenous Peoples of the Mekong Region, edited by Prasit Leepreecha, Don McCaskill, and Kwanchewan Buadaeng, by Oliver Puginier, author

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