The Crown and the Capitalists provides a notably de-nationalized, trans-nationalized, and inter-nationalized account of modern Thai history, with implications well worthy of consideration and further exploration over the years to come.
Searching for Work provides absorbing snapshots of what life is like for low and unskilled precarious labour in Southeast Asia today. It will be of interest and value to students and scholars of development, gender, migration, and labour.
The Indonesian island of Lombok is home to a deeply Islamic society, where religious groups can have more sway than the formal government. Jeremy Kingsley’s book examines the influence of a network of ulama and Islamic schools to think about how authority actually works on the ground.
By Sandar Win It has been a great pleasure for me to read Koji Kubo’s work on Myanmar’s Foreign Exchange Market since there are a dearth of studies on Myanmar’s … Continue reading Review of: Koji Kubo, Myanmar’s Foreign Exchange Market: Controls, Reforms, and Informal Market
By Shona Loong Myanmar’s faltering political transition has been scrutinised from many angles, but hardly ever through the lens of the survivalist strategies of the country’s poor. This is where … Continue reading Review of: Ardeth Maung Thawnghmung, Everyday Economic Survival in Myanmar
By Astri Suhrke When Violence Works is a provocative title of a book, and Patrick Barron sets about to show how violence has worked in Indonesia in a select number … Continue reading Review of: Patrick Barron, When Violence Works: Postconflict Violence and Peace in Indonesia
By Michael Buehler Stories about growing religious intolerance in Indonesia have frequently made headlines around the world in recent years. The arrest and subsequent imprisonment of the Christian governor of … Continue reading Review of: Jeremy Menchik, Islam and Democracy in Indonesia: Tolerance without Liberalism
By Anh-Susann Pham Thi Speaking Out in Vietnam is a long-awaited contribution to Vietnam studies and will be essential reading for many future projects that aim to focus on the … Continue reading Review of: Benedict J. Tria Kerkvliet, Speaking Out in Vietnam: Public Political Criticism in a Communist Party–Ruled Nation
By Michael Buehler Recent years have seen an upsurge in works on authoritarianism in general and subnational authoritarianism in particular. In this context, the growing presence of dynasties in politics … Continue reading Review of: Kanchan Chandra, Ed., Democratic Dynasties: State, Party and Family in Contemporary Indian Politics
By Scott Edwards With various megaprojects announced in the past year in Southeast Asia, critically analysing their impact and governance is increasingly important. Adam Simpson, through this book on emancipatory … Continue reading Review of: Adam Simpson, Energy, Governance and Security in Thailand and Myanmar (Burma): A Critical Approach to Environmental Politics in the South
By Alexander Wain Although modern-day Indonesia constitutes the world’s largest and most populace Muslim nation, its unique and multi-varied form of Islam has not received the degree of scholarly attention … Continue reading Review of: Carool Kersten, A History of Islam in Indonesia: Unity in Diversity
By Frances O’Morchoe Carol Ann Boshier’s newly-published book – Mapping Cultural Nationalism: The Scholars of the Burma Research Society – charts the rise and fall of the Burma Research Society from 1910 … Continue reading Review of: Carol Ann Boshier, Mapping Cultural Nationalism: The Scholars of the Burma Research Society, 1910-1935