The Sociology of Southeast Asia

Transformations in a Developing Region

by Victor T. King

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  • Pages: 352 pp.
  • illustrated
  • Series number: 3
Available from NIAS Press worldwide except North America

Fills a great gap in the social science of Southeast Asia with its comprehensive and integrated treatment of the important sociological and political economy writings on the region. Essential undergraduate text and useful postgraduate reference.

• 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 Some multi-authored works do exist but these either are outdated or focus on specialized topics.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.

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Victor T.

Victor T. King is currently Professor of Borneo Studies, Institute of Asian Studies, Universiti Brunei Darussalam and has been engaged in a range of research and teaching programs at the University of Leeds, University of Hull, University of London and Chiang Mai University, Thailand. He has long-standing interests in the sociology and anthropology of Southeast Asia, in such diverse fields as social and cultural change, development, tourism and heritage, ethnicity and identity, multidisciplinary area studies, and museum and photographic studies.

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by Dr. Maila Stivens, Principal Research Fellow, Asia Institute, University of Melbourne, and Lim Siew Wai Fellow in Cultural Studies, Department of Sociology, National University of Singapore
From journal:
South East Asia Research, Volume 18, Number 2, June 2010

Overall, this textbook presents an admirably comprehensive account
of recent social transformation in South East Asia, with clearly focused
and selective discussions. It will be a most valuable textbook for
students and teachers alike in courses concentrating on the more historical and political economy dimensions of South East Asian studies,

Overall, this textbook presents an admirably comprehensive account
of recent social transformation in South East Asia, with clearly focused
and selective discussions. It will be a most valuable textbook for
students and teachers alike in courses concentrating on the more historical and political economy dimensions of South East Asian studies,
as well as being a handbook for research students and scholars working
in and on the region. 

by Magnus C. M. Brod, GIGA Institute of Asian Studies, Hamburg
From journal:
Journal of Current Southeast Asian Affairs, 1/2010

 Although Southeast Asia experienced major changes during the 20th century that subsequently led to a fundamental transformation of the region’s socioeconomic structure, a textbook authored by a single person that focused on sociological issues and was primarily written for university use has not existed until now. Victor T.

 Although Southeast Asia experienced major changes during the 20th century that subsequently led to a fundamental transformation of the region’s socioeconomic structure, a textbook authored by a single person that focused on sociological issues and was primarily written for university use has not existed until now. Victor T. King’s book The Sociology of Southeast Asia now attempts to fill this gap in the literature written for this purpose. The study is designed as a source and reference book for students interested in the development and history of Southeast Asian societies. Covering the period between the colonial era of the 19th century and the present day, it provides a comprehensive overview of various aspects of life in Southeast Asia as well as covering the associated social science literature. Moving from a review of the classical accounts of the region to the scientific debates conducted during the last century, the author works his way toward identifying new avenues of research. This work will therefore be indispensable for students of the region, no matter whether they are reading Sociology, Regional Studies or a subject beyond the social sciences. …

King admits that there are no detailed features on Viet Nam, Cambodia, the Lao PDR, or Brunei among the case studies. Nevertheless, he has obviously worked through the huge amount of material on societal change in Southeast Asia and compiled this in a structured manner well suited to undergraduate readers. It is to the author’s credit that he has managed to compress the large body of works on the region concerning disciplines ranging from sociology and anthropology to political economics into a newly structured textbook. This publication is a valuable source of information for students of development and change in Southeast Asia. Recommended for anyone studying the present state of Southeast Asian societies, the book illustrates how a historical sociological approach can be utilized to explain the development and change of Southeast Asia.

by Jonathan Rigg, University of Durham
From journal:
ASEASUK News 46, 2009

 This is a textbook. It does not claim to offer any new approach to our understanding of the region, whether conceptual or applied. Instead, it fills a gap in the available literature for a ‘user‐friendly’ introduction to the sociology of Southeast Asia.

 This is a textbook. It does not claim to offer any new approach to our understanding of the region, whether conceptual or applied. Instead, it fills a gap in the available literature for a ‘user‐friendly’ introduction to the sociology of Southeast Asia. … There are few – if any – scholars who could have produced a text which is, at once, so forbiddingly well‐informed (the bibliography extends to 46 pages) but also gently approachable. King, in effect, takes the student or scholar by the hand and leads them through the maze of theoretical frameworks, regional differences, historical contingencies and transformational processes that comprise the region. … King says that writing this book was an ‘arduous’ process. I can’t say that it shows.

 
by Hans-Dieter Evers
From journal:
Asienforum International Quarterly for Asian Studies

‘…a remarkable tour de force…’ […] ‘To write about the sociology of such a diverse region as Southeast Asia is a formidable task that has been brilliantly solved by Professor Victor King, a n

‘…a remarkable tour de force…’ […] ‘To write about the sociology of such a diverse region as Southeast Asia is a formidable task that has been brilliantly solved by Professor Victor King, a noted authority on the subject. […] ‘The text is well written and easy to read…’

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