Globalization in Southeast Asia: Local, National, and Transnational Perspectives

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Berghahn Books, 2003 - History - 262 pages
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The rapid postwar economic growth in the Southeast Asia region has led to a transformation of many of the societies there, together with the development of new types of anthropological research in the region. Local societies with originally quite different cultures have been incorporated into multi-ethnic states with their own projects of nation-building based on the creation of "national cultures" using these indigenous elements. At the same time, the expansion of international capitalism has led to increasing flows of money, people, languages and cultures across national boundaries, resulting in new hybrid social structures and cultural forms.

This book examines the nature of these processes in contemporary Southeast Asia with detailed case studies drawn from countries across the region, including Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore and Thailand. At the macro-level these include studies of nation-building and the incorporation of minorities. At the micro-level they range from studies of popular cultural forms, such as music and textiles to the impact of new sects and the world religions on local religious practice. Moving between the global and the local are the various streams of migrants within the region, including labor migrants responding to the changing distribution of economic opportunities and ethnic minorities moving in response to natural disaster.

Shinji Yamashita is Professor of Cultural Anthropology at the University of Tokyo.

J.S. Eades is Professor of Anthropology at the College for Asian Pacific Studies, Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University in Japan.

 

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Contents

Is Southeast Asia a Jigsaw Puzzle or a Collage?
21
Cultural Knowledge NationStates and the Limits
42
Balinese Responses to National
65
The Impact of Tourism in Three Tourist Villages in Bali
81
Traditional Music in Contemporary West
95
Batik as a Commodity and a Cultural Object
111
Globalization and the Dynamics of Culture in Thailand
126
Center and Periphery in Oral Historiography in
145
Transformation of Shamanic Rituals among the Sama
165
The Formation
179
Ethnographies of the Vanishing? Global Images and Local
226
Index
253
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Eades received his PhD in social anthropology from Cambridge University. He is Professor of Social Systems at Shiga University in Hikone, Japan.

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