SOJOURN: Journal of Social Issues in Southeast Asia Vol. 7/1 (February 1992)

SOJOURN: Journal of Social Issues in Southeast Asia Vol. 7/1 (February 1992)
Date of publication:  February 1992
Publisher:  Institute of Southeast Asian Studies
Number of pages:  174
Code:  SJ7/1


  • Preliminary pages
  • Pattani in the 1980s: Academic Literature and Political Stories, by Chaiwat Satha-Anand, author
    This paper reviews academic works, published during 1980-89, on Pattani in southern Thailand and its people. Theses, research monographs, and articles published in English in fourteen international journals dealing with Asia and Southeast Asia are covered. In the process of reviewing these works, the kinds of subtle imaginative acts which are involved in representing Muslims in southern Thailand to the academic world are examined. By focusing on less obtrusive indicators in this discourse, academic works written on the subject can be seen as stories where heroes, villains, the good, and the bad are identified.
  • Changing Provinces of Concern: A Case-Study of the Social Impact of the Buddhadasa Movement, by Suchira Payulpitack, author
    This case-study explores the impact that the Buddhadasa movement has had on the villagers of Wang Nam Yad, Mae Soy sub-disrict, Chiang Mai. It traces the forest conservation activities of the villagers of Wang Nam Yad from 1983 to 1988, and examines the role that Phra Pongsak Techadhammo-a Buddhist monk, who is a well-known follower of Buddhadas as teachings-has played in these efforts.
  • Local Initiative and Government Plans: Ulama and Rural Development in Madura, Indonesia, by Iik Arifin Mansurnoor, author
    In Indonesia, there are oft-mentioned differences between central government planners and local communities in development programmes. In Madura, this is best understood through examining the role of ulama (Muslim religious leaders and scholars) as opinion leaders in terms of their various positions and networks in local and supralocal contexts. Ulama are important not only as prominent figures in Islam, but because of their position in local and supralocal structures. They also have their own hierarchy and networks through which they have acted as mediators between the outside world and local communities. This position, crucial in the control of information, is pivotal in their interpretations of government programmes to their constituents and hence the formation of local responses.
  • Pigtail: A Pre-History of Chineseness in Siam, by Kasian Tejapira, author
    Challenging the reification of ethnic categories, this paper sets out to examine the genealogy of Chineseness in Siam before the early twentieth century by focusing on the pigtail as an alleged sign of Chineseness. A critical scrutiny of G William Skinners arguments in his Chinese Society in Thailand and the political and cultural history of the pigtail in both the Middle Kingdom and the Kingdom of Siam reveal the variable, situational, and pluralistic meanings of the pigtail With the pigtail as signifier being thus deconstructed, Chineseness turns out to be a recent invention in Thai racist discourse that had little to do with the pigtail as such.
  • Economic Census of a Dai Neua Village in Dehong Autonomous Prefecture, Yunnan: Modernization and the Dai Socioeconomic System, by Jean Berlie, author
    This note presents some preliminary findings from two surveys conducted in 1986 and 1991 in Yunnan, China. Focusing mainly on the minority Dai ethnic group, it provides a provisional description of socioeconomic conditions among the Dai with particular reference to agriculture, education, indicators of wealth and poverty, and concludes with a brief consideration of some problems in development and modernization among the Dai.
  • BOOK REVIEW: The Underside of Malaysian History: Pullers, Prostitutes, Plantation Workers. By Peter J Rimmer and Lisa M Allen, by James H Morrison, author
  • BOOK REVIEW: The Modern Southeast-Asian Islamic Sultanate. By David Leake., by K U Menon, author
  • BOOK REVIEW: State and Civil Society in Indonesia. By Arief Budiman., by Chua Beng Huat , author
  • BOOK REVIEWS: From Muyuw to the Trobriands: Transformation along the Northern Side of the Kula Ring. By Frederick H Damon., by Richard J Parmentier, author
  • Workshop on Religious Revivalism in Southeast Asia, 28 August 1991, Institute of Southeast Asian Studies, Singapore

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