‘Chris Chaplin’s carefully argued and sophisticated analysis of Salafism in Indonesia not only shows its appeal as a mix of social movement and individualizing force; it leverages rich ethnographic detail to reveal Salafism’s internal tensions and paradoxes as a defining trait, a necessary condition for the movement’s growth as it continues to inspire an increasingly conservative and politicized religious landscape. Relevant well beyond the Indonesian context, this book is an important contribution to the study of Islam. It will be widely read.’

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Continue Reading ‘Chris Chaplin’s carefully argued and sophisticated analysis of Salafism in Indonesia not only shows its appeal as a mix of social movement and individualizing force; it leverages rich ethnographic detail to reveal Salafism’s internal tensions and paradoxes as a defining trait, a necessary condition for the movement’s growth as it continues to inspire an increasingly conservative and politicized religious landscape. Relevant well beyond the Indonesian context, this book is an important contribution to the study of Islam. It will be widely read.’

‘Chaplin’s book presents a superb study of Indonesian Salafism. Rich in narrative detail, acutely observed, theoretically engaged and elegantly written, this is a deeply informative work on an increasingly influential movement within Indonesian Islam.’

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Continue Reading ‘Chaplin’s book presents a superb study of Indonesian Salafism. Rich in narrative detail, acutely observed, theoretically engaged and elegantly written, this is a deeply informative work on an increasingly influential movement within Indonesian Islam.’

This splendidly original and meticulously documented exploration of the constricted life chances of Bangkok’s slum children illuminates the problems of youth and class in a world shaped by karmic concepts of destiny and hierarchy. Gracefully written and resonant with compassionate insight, it deserves a wide readership.

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Continue Reading This splendidly original and meticulously documented exploration of the constricted life chances of Bangkok’s slum children illuminates the problems of youth and class in a world shaped by karmic concepts of destiny and hierarchy. Gracefully written and resonant with compassionate insight, it deserves a wide readership.

“Taking Taiwan as a case study, this book shows both the successes and threats of this process, and as such also sheds light on the possibilities and likeliness of a democratisation of the People’s Republic of China. The book is also interesting reading for all those who are concerned about the future of Western democracies.”

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Continue Reading “Taking Taiwan as a case study, this book shows both the successes and threats of this process, and as such also sheds light on the possibilities and likeliness of a democratisation of the People’s Republic of China. The book is also interesting reading for all those who are concerned about the future of Western democracies.”

Edyta Roszko’s book is perhaps the first that examines such complex and tension-laden relation as experienced, mediated, challenged and tactically manoeuvred around by a rarely documented protagonist: fishers. This book is a rich and engaging ethnography of two fishing communities in central Vietnam, who have been steering a challenging but creative course in a triadic relationship with the state and religious authorities.

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Continue Reading Edyta Roszko’s book is perhaps the first that examines such complex and tension-laden relation as experienced, mediated, challenged and tactically manoeuvred around by a rarely documented protagonist: fishers. This book is a rich and engaging ethnography of two fishing communities in central Vietnam, who have been steering a challenging but creative course in a triadic relationship with the state and religious authorities.

‘”On the whole, the book is a rich ethnographic account of the Indonesian migration regime particularly, unveiling the experience of migration by grasping migrant women’s aspirations and their distinct orientation towards future. The author has very carefully documented the narratives that contribute to a more nuanced understanding of the multi-layered process of migration. The book is an interesting reading and will be of immense interest for scholars working on gender and labour issues.”

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Continue Reading ‘”On the whole, the book is a rich ethnographic account of the Indonesian migration regime particularly, unveiling the experience of migration by grasping migrant women’s aspirations and their distinct orientation towards future. The author has very carefully documented the narratives that contribute to a more nuanced understanding of the multi-layered process of migration. The book is an interesting reading and will be of immense interest for scholars working on gender and labour issues.”

Through what lens do we come to understand a country, its people, cities and politics over time – and how does that country see itself? In this fascinating study, Friederike Trotier uses international multi-sports events from the 1962 Asian Games to the 2018 Asian Games to shine a light on Indonesia’s transformation and the multiple entanglements that has constituted that transformation.

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Continue Reading Through what lens do we come to understand a country, its people, cities and politics over time – and how does that country see itself? In this fascinating study, Friederike Trotier uses international multi-sports events from the 1962 Asian Games to the 2018 Asian Games to shine a light on Indonesia’s transformation and the multiple entanglements that has constituted that transformation.

“For too long sport has largely been ignored by historians and social scientists working on Indonesia. Trotier’s book is a turning point. Her careful analysis places big sport events in the context of processes of nation building and city branding, and their political downside. A landmark publication.”

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Continue Reading “For too long sport has largely been ignored by historians and social scientists working on Indonesia. Trotier’s book is a turning point. Her careful analysis places big sport events in the context of processes of nation building and city branding, and their political downside. A landmark publication.”
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