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Hannah Schaefer, publishing assistant, at ICAS conference in Leiden, 2019

What’s new in NIAS Press?

After an energising summer break, all of us at NIAS Press are back to business! Read on to find out about the fantastic books that we have planned for this fall at NIAS Press. Click on the image to learn more about each book, and stay posted! We will share more upcoming titles in the next weeks.

Everyday Justice in Myanmar

Everyday Justice in Myanmar
Informal Resolutions and State Evasion in a Time of Contested Transition
Edited by Helene Maria Kyed

ISBN Hardback: 978-87-7694-281-6, £70, scholar’s e-version exclusively from our website, £25.00

  • First book to explore how ordinary people in Myanmar access justice and resolve disputes 
  • Based on a unique collection of ethnographic studies. 
  • Explores the wider dynamics of state making, identity politics and authority-making in a society in contested transition.

Oral Literature, Gender, and Precedence in East Timor

Oral Literature, Gender, and Precedence in East Timor
Metaphysics in Nature
David Hicks

ISBN Hardback: 9788776942755, £65, scholar’s e-version exclusively from our website, £22.50

Drawing upon more than a half century of fieldwork and publishing, he discusses the tropes found in and illuminating Timorese metaphysical thought and literature. No other work has discussed these tropes before nor indeed attempted to discern patterns of thought in Timorese narratives. Certainly, the study will be of interest to scholars of literature, social science, structural analysis, Indonesian cultures and philosophy, as well as to those interested in the country’s colonial past and in efforts to conserve its natural environment.

Future Forward

Future Forward
The Rise and Fall of a Thai Political Party
By Duncan McCargo and Anyarat Chattharakul

ISBN Hardback: 978-87-7694-290-8, £65.00

  • First book to examine the most interesting new force to emerge in Thailand’s politics for two decades.
  • Based on exclusive interviews with party leaders and a wide range of Thai-language sources.
  • Explores the wider dynamics of political leadership, party formation and voter behavior in a society where popular participation has been largely suppressed since the 2014 military coup

East-West Reflections on Demonization

East-West Reflections on Demonization
North Korea Now, China Next?
Edited by Geir Helgesen and Rachel Harrison

ISBN Hardback: 978-87-7694-288-5, £50.00

  • A thoughtful, measured examination of East Asian geopolitics.
  • Presents historical, cross-cultural and political-ideological dimensions of the Korean conflict.
  • Embraces empathy between peoples over one-dimensional caricature and demonization

Fishers, Monks and Cadres

Fishers, Monks and Cadres
Navigating State, Religion and the South China Sea in Central Vietnam
Edyta Roszko

ISBN Hardback: 978-87-7694-286-1, £65.00

  • A remarkable and detailed study, long in preparation and extremely timely in its arrival. 
  • Portrays a once-peripheral area in central Vietnam now at the centre of a global struggle for sovereignty, influence and control in the South China Sea.  
  • An ethnographically important study breaking out from the usual focus on urban or agrarian Vietnam. 

States and Societies in Motion

States and Societies in Motion
Essays inHonour of Takashi Shiraishi
Khoo Boo Teik and Jafar Suryomenggolo (eds)

ISBN Hardback: 978-87-7694-294-6, £70.00

  • Original studies of the national and regional politics of Southeast Asia, China and Japan, often with Japan at their nexus. 
  • Draws connections between ideology and networks with state formation at critical junctures in history. 
  • A rich and rewarding collection of essays honoring a renowned Japanese scholar. 

Nation, City, Arena

Nation, City, Arena
Sports Events, Nation Building and City Politics in Indonesia
Friederike Trotier

ISBN Hardback: 978-87-7694-292-2, £70.00

  • First comprehensive study of international multi-sport events in Indonesia since 1962. 
  • Explores the role of sports events have in national and city politics and in the country’s transformation from a highly centralized to a decentralized one. 
  • Focuses on the nexus between sport, the nation, city politics and place marketing. 

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