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.

 
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