“Monarchical Manipulation in Cambodia: France, Japan and the Sihanouk Crusade for Independence is a wide-ranging history of the French Protectorate of Cambodia (1863–1954) and the shorter Japanese occupation (1941–45), as well as what Gunn suggests was the manipulation of the Cambodian monarchy by both the French and Japanese. (…) This study is based on largely unexploited archival sources in Australia, Cambodia, France and Japan, showing the author’s great skills in finding historical documentation in Archives, which have only recently been open for research.”

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Continue Reading“Monarchical Manipulation in Cambodia: France, Japan and the Sihanouk Crusade for Independence is a wide-ranging history of the French Protectorate of Cambodia (1863–1954) and the shorter Japanese occupation (1941–45), as well as what Gunn suggests was the manipulation of the Cambodian monarchy by both the French and Japanese. (…) This study is based on largely unexploited archival sources in Australia, Cambodia, France and Japan, showing the author’s great skills in finding historical documentation in Archives, which have only recently been open for research.”

“The individual essays offer rich descriptions of intriguing developments in ritual proceedings reflective of unremitting enchantment. Certainly, these activities, many of them novel to one degree or another, deserve close attention, and all of the contributors provide interesting insights into such topics as the professionalization of spirit mediums, the mad search for winning lottery numbers, and the flourishing cult of child spirits.”

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Continue Reading“The individual essays offer rich descriptions of intriguing developments in ritual proceedings reflective of unremitting enchantment. Certainly, these activities, many of them novel to one degree or another, deserve close attention, and all of the contributors provide interesting insights into such topics as the professionalization of spirit mediums, the mad search for winning lottery numbers, and the flourishing cult of child spirits.”

“[…] the author has managed to produce both an empirical study with strong data collected over a long period of time as well as, by referring to a huge number of sources, a theoretical study of the humanities that will serve the field of Thai/Southeast Asian Studies over a long time. The great achievement of Giuseppe Bolotta is that he gives attention and agency to those who might hardly have been given any say in any discourse whatsoever before: urban poor children – the future adults of tomorrow. Academic discourses on the urban poor are in need of more research of this sort. That is why I highly recommend this book for teaching in the field of Southeast Asian Studies as well as in poverty and migration research. Giuseppe Bolotta’s work has the potential to become a core reading for these fields.”

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Continue Reading“[…] the author has managed to produce both an empirical study with strong data collected over a long period of time as well as, by referring to a huge number of sources, a theoretical study of the humanities that will serve the field of Thai/Southeast Asian Studies over a long time. The great achievement of Giuseppe Bolotta is that he gives attention and agency to those who might hardly have been given any say in any discourse whatsoever before: urban poor children – the future adults of tomorrow. Academic discourses on the urban poor are in need of more research of this sort. That is why I highly recommend this book for teaching in the field of Southeast Asian Studies as well as in poverty and migration research. Giuseppe Bolotta’s work has the potential to become a core reading for these fields.”

“In summary, this book does what it intends to do – a festschrift honouring a respected scholar – exceedingly well. Containing contributions from Shiraishi’s extended network of colleagues, former pupils and friends, it also connects and contextualizes some of the key development issues in East Asia over the last few decades.”

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Continue Reading“In summary, this book does what it intends to do – a festschrift honouring a respected scholar – exceedingly well. Containing contributions from Shiraishi’s extended network of colleagues, former pupils and friends, it also connects and contextualizes some of the key development issues in East Asia over the last few decades.”

“With her ethnography of the Khmu village Pliya – a pseudonym – Rosalie Stolz presents a knowledgeable, profound and descriptive study of social and cultural life in the Laotian highlands. […] Future ethnographies of highland Southeast Asia will have to be measured against this impressive study”

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Continue Reading“With her ethnography of the Khmu village Pliya – a pseudonym – Rosalie Stolz presents a knowledgeable, profound and descriptive study of social and cultural life in the Laotian highlands. […] Future ethnographies of highland Southeast Asia will have to be measured against this impressive study”

“Even though some elements are lacking for nonspecialists of Timor-Leste, this book is a fine effort of synthesis, searching for patterns of meaning through a structural analysis. It is definitely aimed at Timor specialists and especially for anthropologists.”

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Continue Reading“Even though some elements are lacking for nonspecialists of Timor-Leste, this book is a fine effort of synthesis, searching for patterns of meaning through a structural analysis. It is definitely aimed at Timor specialists and especially for anthropologists.”

“It is precisely because they constitute from one end of the book to the other the focal point of the analysis that it turns out to be of more global scope, offering a hitherto unexplored light on the impact of the “cultural policies” of contemporary Thailand with regard to the poorest. It is a tour de force – bet won – to have shown how these sons of slums reveal a model of growing infantilization generated by authoritarian governance and monarchical paternalism. The interest of the book does not stop there. It also resides in the demonstration that, beyond the simple process of Thaiization of which the children of the slums are the toys, an ascending cosmopolitical process or “bottom-up cosmopolitanism” which unfolds in these transnational arenas where the children are essential actors. We must salute G. Boletta’s feat of having succeeded in articulating this double game of scales which are on the one hand the implementation of educational policies with strong ideologies, on the other a network of mutual aid as well both informal and illegal, leading these children from the margins to other urban margins from the global city.”

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Continue Reading“It is precisely because they constitute from one end of the book to the other the focal point of the analysis that it turns out to be of more global scope, offering a hitherto unexplored light on the impact of the “cultural policies” of contemporary Thailand with regard to the poorest. It is a tour de force – bet won – to have shown how these sons of slums reveal a model of growing infantilization generated by authoritarian governance and monarchical paternalism. The interest of the book does not stop there. It also resides in the demonstration that, beyond the simple process of Thaiization of which the children of the slums are the toys, an ascending cosmopolitical process or “bottom-up cosmopolitanism” which unfolds in these transnational arenas where the children are essential actors. We must salute G. Boletta’s feat of having succeeded in articulating this double game of scales which are on the one hand the implementation of educational policies with strong ideologies, on the other a network of mutual aid as well both informal and illegal, leading these children from the margins to other urban margins from the global city.”

“Trotier makes a convincing argument that hosting sports events has played an active role in generating a sense of national and regional pride in Indonesia. The author demonstrates an impressive command of a wide range of subject matter ranging from detailed analyses of sporting occasions to the wider complexities of Indonesian politics and the burgeoning field of sports studies.”

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Continue Reading“Trotier makes a convincing argument that hosting sports events has played an active role in generating a sense of national and regional pride in Indonesia. The author demonstrates an impressive command of a wide range of subject matter ranging from detailed analyses of sporting occasions to the wider complexities of Indonesian politics and the burgeoning field of sports studies.”