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Building a People-Oriented Security Community the ASEAN way

Building a People-Oriented Security Community the ASEAN way

1st Edition

Alan Collins
May 18, 2017

ASEAN has declared its intention to create a security community in Southeast Asia that is people-orientated. This book evaluates ASEAN’s progress, and in doing so examines three matters of concern. The book firstly looks at the importance of constitutive norms to the workings of security...

Migrant Workers and ASEAN: A Two Level State and Regional Analysis

Migrant Workers and ASEAN: A Two Level State and Regional Analysis

1st Edition

Anisa Santoso
May 05, 2017

ASEAN (The Association of Southeast Asian Nations) has made slow progress in defining a regional policy for the protection of migrant workers. This book examines the normative structures within the institutions at play at both state and regional level of ASEAN, which influence the making of a...

The Political Economy of the Agri-Food System in Thailand: Hegemony, Counter-Hegemony, and Co-Optation of Oppositions

The Political Economy of the Agri-Food System in Thailand: Hegemony, Counter-Hegemony, and Co-Optation of Oppositions

1st Edition

Prapimphan Chiengkul
May 05, 2017

The mainstream agri-food system in Thailand has been shaped to aid capital accumulation by domestic and transnational hegemonic forces, and is currently sustained through hegemonic agri-food production-distribution, governance structures and ideational order. However, sustainable agriculture and...

Society in Contemporary Laos: Capitalism, Habitus and Belief

Society in Contemporary Laos: Capitalism, Habitus and Belief

1st Edition

Boike Rehbein
April 20, 2017

Over the past decade, Laos’ exposure to global capitalism has resulted in extensive economic and social transformations. Precapitalist social structures both persist and are transformed into a particular configuration of classes. This entails increasing social inequality, a widening range of...

Security, Development and Nation-Building in Timor-Leste: A Cross-sectoral Assessment

Security, Development and Nation-Building in Timor-Leste: A Cross-sectoral Assessment

1st Edition

Vandra Harris, Andrew Goldsmith
April 16, 2017

Despite Timor-Leste’s high expectations when it became independent from Indonesia in 2002, the country is ranked among the least developed countries in the world. It has found itself at the centre of international attention in the last decade, with one of the biggest interventions in UN history, as...

The King and the Making of Modern Thailand

The King and the Making of Modern Thailand

1st Edition

Antonio L. Rappa
April 07, 2017

The making of modern Thailand is grounded in specific political institutions, Brahmanical tropes, and sacred Buddhist traditions stylized with Hindu rituals. Over and above these mysterious practices and ancient customs, modern Thailand is a product of the late Great Rama IX Bhumibol Adulyadej....

Vietnam's Political Process: How education shapes political decision making

Vietnam's Political Process: How education shapes political decision making

1st Edition

Casey Lucius
September 29, 2016

In a system that is known for its covert political style, Vietnam’s decision making process is often described as either consensus-based or simply confusing and inexplicable. This book provides an approach to understanding political decision making in Vietnam by recognizing enduring values that are...

Indonesia and the Politics of Disaster: Power and Representation in Indonesia’s Mud Volcano

Indonesia and the Politics of Disaster: Power and Representation in Indonesia’s Mud Volcano

1st Edition

Phillip Drake
July 28, 2016

Named after Lapindo Brantas, a gas exploration company that was drilling at the eruption site, the Lapindo mudflow initially burst in 2006 and continues to flow today, becoming the most expensive disaster in Indonesia’s history. Using this environmental incident in Indonesia as a case study, this...

Rethinking Power Relations in Indonesia: Transforming the Margins

Rethinking Power Relations in Indonesia: Transforming the Margins

1st Edition

Michaela Haug, Martin Rössler, Anna-Teresa Grumblies
July 13, 2016

Since colonial rule, the island of Java served as Indonesia’s imagined centre and prime example of development, while the Outer Islands were constructed as the state’s marginalised periphery. Recent processes of democratisation and regional autonomy, however, have significantly changed the power...

Religious Violence and Conciliation in Indonesia: Christians and Muslims in the Moluccas

Religious Violence and Conciliation in Indonesia: Christians and Muslims in the Moluccas

1st Edition

Sumanto Al Qurtuby
April 21, 2016

Maluku in eastern Indonesia is the home to Muslims, Protestants, and Catholics who had for the most part been living peaceably since the sixteenth century. In 1999, brutal conflicts broke out between local Christians and Muslims, and escalated into large-scale communal violence once the Laskar...

Hadrami Arabs in Present-day Indonesia: An Indonesia-oriented group with an Arab signature

Hadrami Arabs in Present-day Indonesia: An Indonesia-oriented group with an Arab signature

1st Edition

Frode F. Jacobsen
January 21, 2016

This book focuses on social and cultural trends in present-day Hadrami Arab societies in Eastern and Central Indonesia, and the history of the Hadrami Arab people, which demonstrates an early form of globalization. For centuries migration has played a vital part in Hadrami adaptation....

Cambodia and the Politics of Aesthetics

Cambodia and the Politics of Aesthetics

1st Edition

Alvin Cheng-Hin Lim
August 14, 2015

Illuminating developments in contemporary Cambodia with political and aesthetic theory, this book analyses the country’s violent transition from socialism to capitalism through an innovative method that combines the aesthetic approach and critical theory. To understand the particularities of the...

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