SOJOURN: Journal of Social Issues in Southeast Asia Vol. 34/3 (November 2019)

SOJOURN: Journal of Social Issues in Southeast Asia Vol. 34/3 (November 2019)
Su-Ann Oh, editor
Date of publication:  November 2019
Publisher:  ISEAS – Yusof Ishak Institute
Number of pages:  170
Code:  SJ34/3


  • SOJOURN: Journal of Social Issues in Southeast Asia Vol. 34/3 (November 2019)
    [Whole Publication, ISSN: 17932858]
  • Preliminary pages
  • Between Sakit and Schizophrenia in West Sumatra, Indonesia, by Yenny Narny, Yudhi Andoni, Herwandi Herwandi, Annie Pohlman, authors
    This article explores one woman’s life history of mental illness in West Sumatra, Indonesia, and the shifting explanatory narratives used over time by herself and her family to understand and manage this illness. For most of her adult life, Amak Dahniar has heard voices, which had been understood as an illness caused by harmful spiritual influences; later in life she received a diagnosis of paranoid schizophrenia. Amak Dahniar’s life story highlights the tensions between local understandings and methods of care and transnational psychiatric framings of mental illness.
  • Arrested Refugee Mobilities: Optics as Bordering Techniques in Malaysia, by Gerhard Hoffstaedter, author
    The concepts of mobility and optics have become important tropes for our understanding of how human movement across borders and within countries is increasingly shaped by bordering techniques. Focusing on three ethnographic case studies, I argue that refugees in Malaysia have their mobility arrested through a range of optics acting upon them. Depending on socio-economic background, ethnicity and religion, they find varying self-protection methods to make life in the present bearable and the future imaginable and viable. Refugees face an array of bordering techniques in Malaysia, such as surveillance by the state, in some cases by their home country, by their own refugee community and self-surveillance.
  • Rueang Khong Faen Phleng (Story of Fans): Social Politics in the Vintage Thai Music Revival, by James Leonard Mitchell, author
    From 2005 to 2015, an upsurge of interest in vintage Thai music recorded on 78 rpm records between 1948 and 1969 created a succession of vibrant yet short-lived online communities made up of collectors and fans, mainly focused on the traditionally working-class genre <i>luk thung</i> (Thai country song). This surge of nostalgia for <i>luk thung</i> from the 1950s and 1960s by middle-class professionals can be interpreted as a reflection of the social trauma purportedly experienced by Bangkok’s middle class during a decade of class and ethnic-based political turmoil. These fan websites were characterized by obtrusive regulation, boom and bust price cycles, military-style ranking systems and conflict over status. Despite the seeming egalitarian aura of fandom and the Internet, and despite being set up as refuges from political turmoil, online communities such as baanfasai (clear sky house) ultimately reproduced the political and social disorder, disunity and chauvinism of the ‘real’ Bangkok.
  • King Naresuan’s Victory in Elephant Duel: A Tale of Two Monuments, by Matthew Kosuta, author
    This article presents the controversy surrounding the authenticity of two old stupas and the building of two modern monuments in the latter half of the twentieth century to commemorate the late-sixteenth-century victory of the Siamese King Naresuan in an elephant duel over the Burmese crown prince of the Toungoo dynasty at the battle of Nong Sarai on 18 January 1593. Advocates for each stupa and each monument claim theirs to be located at the actual geographical site of the elephant duel. This article presents this controversy to the international academic community while adding fresh insights to two main areas of interest: the correlation between periods of open and closed debate on the subject in relation to the type of government ruling Thailand (absolute monarchy, military dictatorship or democratically elected), and matching the style of the monuments to the political ideology of the Thai ruling class.
  • On Owners of the Map: Motorcycle Taxi Drivers, Mobility, and Politics in Bangkok by Claudio Sopranzetti, by Charles Keyes, Claudio Sopranzetti, authors
  • BOOK REVIEW: Piety, Politics, and Everyday Ethics in Southeast: Asian Islam: Beautiful Behavior, edited by Robert Rozehnal, by R Michael Feener, author
  • BOOK REVIEW: Familial Properties: Gender, State, and Society in Early Modern Vietnam, 1463–1778, by Nhung Tuyet Tran, by Sun Laichen, author
  • BOOK REVIEW: Mythbusting Vietnam: Facts, Fictions, Fantasies, edited by Catherine Earl, by Timothy Gorman, author
  • BOOK REVIEW: Musical Minorities: The Sounds of Hmong Ethnicity in Northern Vietnam, by Lonán Ó Briain, by Sarah Turner, author
  • BOOK REVIEW: Traders in Motion: Identities and Contestations in the Vietnamese Marketplace, edited by Kirsten W. Endres and Ann Marie Leshkowich, by Tseng Hsun Hui, author
  • BOOK REVIEW: Read Till It Shatters: Nationalism and Identity in Modern Thai Literature, by Thak Chaloemtiarana, by Patrick Jory, author
  • BOOK REVIEW: Myanmar in the Fifteenth Century: A Tale of Two Kingdoms, by Michael A. Aung-Thwin, by Ashley Wright, author
  • BOOK REVIEW: Islam, State and Society in Indonesia: Local Politics in Madura, by Yanwar Pribadi, by Herdi Sahrasad, author
  • Hospital Days—Observations of a Micro-Cosmos of Myanmar Society, by Jella Fink, author

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