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Scholarly Publications

Cambodia's Second Kingdom: Nation, Imagination, and Democracy; Cornell Southeast Asia Program Publications
Author: Astrid Noren-Nilsson Publication Year: 2016 Publication Number: SOSEA 68

Cambodia's Second Kingdom is an exploration of the role of nationalist imaginings, discourses, and narratives in Cambodia since the 1993 reintroduction of a multiparty democratic system. Competing nationalistic imaginings are shown to be a more prominent part of party political contestation in t...

Palace Law of Ayutthaya and the Thammasat: Law and Kingship in Siam; Cornell Southeast Asia Program Publications
Author: Chris Baker and Pasuk Phongpaichit, translators and editors Publication Year: 2016 Publication Number: SOSEA 69

This book contains the first academic translations of key legal texts from the Ayutthaya era (1351–1767), along with an essay on the role of law in Thai history. The legal history of Southeast Asia has languished because few texts are accessible in translation. The Three Seals Code is a collect...

A sarong for Clio
Author: Maurizio Peleggi Publication Year: 2015 Publication Number: SOSEA 66

This volume testifies to an ongoing intellectual dialogue between its ten contributors and Craig J. Reynolds, who inspired these essays. Conceived as a tribute to an innovative scholar, dedicated teacher, and generous colleague, it is this volume’s ambition to make a concerted intervention on T...

Land of Gold
Author: Judith M. Bovensiepen Publication Year: 2015 Publication Number: SOSEA 67

In the village of Funar, located in the central highlands of Timor-Leste, the disturbing events of the twenty-four-year-long Indonesian occupation are rarely articulated in narratives of suffering. Instead, the highlanders emphasize the significance of their return to the sacred land of the ances...

Beyond Oligarchy
Author: Michele Ford and Thomas Pepinsky, ed. Publication Year: 2014 Publication Number: CMIP 77

Beyond Oligarchy  features a collection of essays by leading scholars of contemporary Indonesian politics and society, each addressing effects of material inequality on political power and contestation in democratic Indonesia. The contributors assess how critical concepts in the study of politi...

Exploration and Irony in Studies of Siam over Forty Years
Author: Benedict R. O’G. Anderson Publication Year: 2014 Publication Number: SOSEA 63

Benedict R. O’G. Anderson is internationally recognized for his groundbreaking work on the politics and cultures of Indonesia, Thailand, and the Philippines. His early studies of Indonesia led to the publication of  Imagined Communities: Reflections on the Origin and Spread of Nationalism , a ...

Producing Indonesia: The State of the Field of Indonesian Studies
Author: Eric Tagliacozzo Publication Year: 2014 Publication Number: CMIP 76

The twenty-six scholars contributing to this volume have helped shape the field of Indonesian studies over the last three decades. They represent a broad geographic background—Indonesia, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom, Australia, the United States, Canada—and have studied in a wide array...

Slow Anthropology
Author: Hjorleifur Jonsson Publication Year: 2014 Publication Number: SOSEA 64

Slow Anthropology  considers the history of the Iu Mien, an upland Laotian minority caught in the disruptions of the Vietnam-American war. This study challenges the prevailing academic theory that groups living in the hinterlands of Southeast Asia have traditionally fled to the hills, seeking i...

Voices from the Second Republic of South Vietnam (1967–1975)
Author: Keith W. Taylor, ed. Publication Year: 2014 Publication Number: SOSEA 65

The Republic of (South) Vietnam is commonly viewed as a unified entity throughout the two decades (1955–75) during which the United States was its main ally. Domestic politics during that time, however, followed a dynamic trajectory from authoritarianism to chaos to a relatively stable, eight-y...

A Mountain of Difference: The Lumad in Early Colonial Mindanao
Author: Oona Paredes Publication Year: 2013 Publication Number: SOSEA 61

A Mountain of Difference  recasts the early colonial encounter between the indigenous Lumad and Christian missionaries in the southern Philippines. This groundbreaking study of the Lumad—the non-Muslim native peoples of Mindanao—draws on Spanish archival sources and indigenous oral traditio...

The Kim Vân Kieu of Nguyen Du (1765–1820)
Author: Nguyen Du, Translated by Vladislav Zhukov, Introduction by K. W. Taylor Publication Year: 2013 Publication Number: SOSEA 60

Nguyen Du’s  Kim Vân Kieu , written in the early nineteenth century and commonly considered to be a defining masterpiece of Vietnamese literature, is the story of an educated and beautiful young woman who suffers misfortune and degradation before obtaining justice and peace. It is a long poem...

The Politics of Timor-Leste: Democratic Consolidation after Intervention
Author: Michael Leach and Damien Kingsbury Publication Year: 2013 Publication Number: SOSEA 59

The Politics of Timor-Leste  explores the critical issues facing the Asia-Pacific’s youngest nation as it seeks to consolidate a democracy following years of international intervention. The authors study the challenges that have burdened the state since it broke from Indonesia amid the violen...

Ties that Bind: Cultural Identity, Class, and Law in Vietnam's Labor Resistance
Author: Angie Ngọc Tran Publication Year: 2013 Publication Number: SOSEA 62

Ties That Bind  explores Vietnamese labor history from the French colonial period to the contemporary era, tracing a vibrant tradition of workers’ resistance to oppressive conditions. Through interviews with employees, labor organizers, journalists, and officials, as well as evidence from arc...

Demographic Change
Author: Lindy Williams and Michael Philip Guest Publication Year: 2012 Publication Number: SOSEA 57

During the last half century, Southeast Asia has undergone tremendous social, political, and economic change. This volume chronicles the extensive demographic transformations that have accompanied those changes, documenting how public health and other policy interventions contributed to rapid pop...

Glimpses of Freedom: Independent Cinema in Southeast Asia
Author: May Adadol Ingawanij and Benjamin McKay, eds. Publication Year: 2012 Publication Number: SOSEA 55

Since the late 1990s, a vivid new sphere of cinematic practice in Southeast Asia has emerged and been identified as  independent . What exactly does this term mean in relation to the way films and videos are made, and the way they look? How do issues of festival circulation, piracy, technology, ...

Javanese Literature in Surakarta Manuscripts Vol. 3: Manuscripts of the Radya Pustaka Museum and the Hardjonagaran Library
Author: Nancy K. Florida Publication Year: 2012

This book completes the series of three volumes cataloguing the Javanese-language manuscripts housed in four repositories in the Central Javanese city of Surakarta that were preserved in microfilm under the auspices of the Cornell University’s Surakarta Manuscript Project. The present volume de...

Modern and Contemporary Southeast Asian Art: An Anthology
Author: Nora A. Taylor and Boreth Ly Publication Year: 2012 Publication Number: SOSEA 56

This anthology explores artistic practices and works from a diverse and vibrant region. Scholars, critics, and curators offer their perspectives on Southeast Asian art and artists, aiming not to define the field but to illuminate its changing nature and its interactions with creative endeavors an...

The Spirit of Things
Author: Julius Bautista Publication Year: 2012 Publication Number: SOSEA 58

What role do objects play in crafting the religions of Southeast Asia and shaping the experiences of believers?  The Spirit of Things  explores religious materiality in a region marked by shifting boundaries, multiple beliefs, and trends toward religious exclusivism. While most studi...

Political Authority and Provincial Identity in Thailand
Author: Yoshinori Nishizaki Publication Year: 2011 Publication Number: SOSEA-53

The powerful Thai politician and former prime minister Banharn Silpa-archa has been disparaged as a corrupt operator who for years channeled excessive state funds into developing his own rural province. This study reinterprets Banharn’s career and offers a detailed portrait of the voters who su...

Student Activism in Malaysia: Crucible, Mirror, Sideshow
Author: Meredith L. Weiss Publication Year: 2011 Publication Number: SOSEA 54

This work traces the early rise and subsequent decline of politically effective student activism in Malaysia. During the 1970s, the state embarked on a project of “intellectual containment” that both suppressed ongoing mobilization of university students and delegitimized further activism. Th...

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