The book’s greatest strength is its detailed, sensitive empirical recording of everyday politics and contours of religious change, demonstrating Roszko’s fluency in Vietnamese and depth of fieldwork immersion.

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Continue Reading The book’s greatest strength is its detailed, sensitive empirical recording of everyday politics and contours of religious change, demonstrating Roszko’s fluency in Vietnamese and depth of fieldwork immersion.

Roszko’s adroit weaving of these stories makes Fishers, Monks and Cadres a vibrant new work of Vietnamese anthropology as well as an eminently readable maritime ethnography. As the South China Sea becomes even more important geopolitically, works like Roszko’s Fishers, Monks and Cadres will help scholars understand the roles of local fisherfolk communities in determining their own lifestyles.

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Continue Reading Roszko’s adroit weaving of these stories makes Fishers, Monks and Cadres a vibrant new work of Vietnamese anthropology as well as an eminently readable maritime ethnography. As the South China Sea becomes even more important geopolitically, works like Roszko’s Fishers, Monks and Cadres will help scholars understand the roles of local fisherfolk communities in determining their own lifestyles.

Using a ‘spatial-geographical’ approach, Trotier has drawn on archival and ethnographic sources to produce a sizeable, balanced and unique set of data that results in a well-substantiated and persuasive argument. … [Some conceptual] limitations should not diminish the larger significance of the book as a well-researched, comprehensive and pioneering work in Indonesian history, the politics of sports, and South East Asian studies. Overall, Nation, City, Arena offers an Asian Games-size account of the politicization of sports and the sportization of politics in our contemporary world.

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Continue Reading Using a ‘spatial-geographical’ approach, Trotier has drawn on archival and ethnographic sources to produce a sizeable, balanced and unique set of data that results in a well-substantiated and persuasive argument. … [Some conceptual] limitations should not diminish the larger significance of the book as a well-researched, comprehensive and pioneering work in Indonesian history, the politics of sports, and South East Asian studies. Overall, Nation, City, Arena offers an Asian Games-size account of the politicization of sports and the sportization of politics in our contemporary world.

The book will be an important reference for future research on the relationship between the state, religion and society in Vietnam – and, hopefully, a starting point for more human-centred studies on the South China Sea dispute.

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Continue Reading The book will be an important reference for future research on the relationship between the state, religion and society in Vietnam – and, hopefully, a starting point for more human-centred studies on the South China Sea dispute.

“While McCargo and Chattharakul do not directly address the new student movement, their book provides the best available window into what might be motivating the protesters. For that reason, as well as for the sheer detail and sophistication of their analysis, the book is a must-read for anyone interested in Thai politics, and it is highly valuable to scholars of emerging democracies”.

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Continue Reading “While McCargo and Chattharakul do not directly address the new student movement, their book provides the best available window into what might be motivating the protesters. For that reason, as well as for the sheer detail and sophistication of their analysis, the book is a must-read for anyone interested in Thai politics, and it is highly valuable to scholars of emerging democracies”.

‘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.”