Exploring Southeast Asia: A Conversation with Jacques Bertrand

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Open Agenda Publishing, Feb 1, 2021 - History - 51 pages
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This book is based on an in-depth filmed conversation between Howard Burton and Jacques Bertrand, Professor of Political Science and Director of the Collaborative Master’s Program in Contemporary East and Southeast Asian Studies at the University of Toronto. This conversation explores Jacques Bertrand’s extensive research on the politics and political change in Southeast Asia and provides detailed insights into this extensive and complex region which consists of countries with remarkably diverse histories and cultures. 

This carefully-edited book includes an introduction, A Prescription for Progress, and questions for discussion at the end of each chapter:

I. Plunging In - Indonesian Immersion

II. Recognizing Complexity - Appreciating individual trajectories

III. Authoritarianism - Another product of history

IV. The Need For Caution - Political understanding vs. a normative agenda

V. Breaking Away - Dealing with secessionist movements

VI. Asian Values - Rhetorical trope or meaningful distinction?

VII. Making Progress - Knowing when to push, and when not to


About Ideas Roadshow Conversations:

This book is part of an expanding series of 100+ Ideas Roadshow conversations, each one presenting a wealth of candid insights from a leading expert through a focused yet informal setting to give non-specialists a uniquely accessible window into frontline research and scholarship that wouldn't otherwise be encountered through standard lectures and textbooks. For other books in this series visit our website: https://ideas-on-film.com/ideasroadshow/.


 

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Contents

A Note on the Text
Introduction
The Conversation
Plunging
Recognizing Complexity
Authoritarianism
The Need For Caution
Breaking Away
Asian Values
Making Progress
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About the author (2021)

Howard Burton, the founder and creator of Ideas On Film, holds a PhD in theoretical physics and an MA in philosophy. For his award-winning initiative Ideas Roadshow, Howard has hosted and filmed in-depth conversations with more than 100 world-leading experts, including 3 Nobel Laureates, through a focused yet informal setting. 

Howard has been able to capture candid, behind-the-scenes insights which offer a detailed portrayal of the world of today's top researchers across all disciplines. Howard was the Founding Director of Canada’s Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics and his experiences at developing the research and outreach mandates of PI were described in his book, First Principles: Building Perimeter Institute, featuring a foreword by Nobel Laureate Roger Penrose.


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