The Sociology of Southeast Asia
Transformations in a Developing Region
by Victor T. King
352 pp., illustrated
NIAS Reference Library # 3
Available from NIAS Press worldwide except North America
• Fills a great gap in the social science of South-East Asia with its comprehensive and integrated treatment of the important sociological and political economy writings on the region.
• Examines wider processes of change in relation to theories of modernization, underdevelopment and globalization.
• Covers a wide range of themes incl. class, ethnicity and gender.
• Locates local-level issues and processes in the context of more general political, economic and cultural transformations.
• Uses case studies from across the region.
• Essential undergraduate text and useful postgraduate reference.
One of the main problems faced by teachers and students who have a scholarly interest in South-East Asia is the lack of general, user-friendly texts in the social sciences. The absence of an introduction to the sociology of South-East Asia is especially unfortunate. It is the aim of this volume to meet these needs. This is, then, the first sole-authored introductory sociology text on South-East Asia that focuses on change and development in the region, provides an overview of the important sociological and political economy writings, and considers the key concepts and themes in the field since 1945. Some multi-authored works do exist but these either are outdated or focus on specialized topics. Aimed primarily at undergraduates up to the final year, it will also be a useful reference work for postgraduates and researchers who lack such a general work.
1. Introduction: The Sociology of a Diverse Region
2. The Sociological Context
3. Modernization and Post-War Social Change
4. Underdevelopment and Dependency
5. Social Class, the State and Political Economy
6. Ethnicity and Society
7. Patronage and Corruption
8. Asian Values and Social Action
9. Transformations in the World of Work: Gender Issues
10. Transformations in Urban Worlds
11. Conclusion: Modernity, Globalization and the Future
Victor T. King
Victor T. (Terry) King is an expert in the fields of sociology and anthropology in South East Asia studies. Professor King has been widely involved in the programs of various institutes such as the University of Hull and the University of Leeds. He has also been associated with the British Institute in South-East Asia, and the Association of South-East Asian Studies in the United Kingdom (ASEASUK).
Professor King is current working on various new book projects, including a companion volume to his recently published The Sociology of Southeast Asia: Transformations in a Developing Region ' (NIAS Press/University of Hawai'i Press, 2008).
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