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This lively survey of the peoples, cultures, and societies of Southeast Asia introduces a region of tremendous geographic, linguistic, historical, and religious diversity. Encompassing both mainland and island countries, these engaging essays describe personhood and identity, family and household organization, nation-states, religion, popular culture and the arts, the legacies of war and recovery, globalization, and the environment. Throughout, the focus is on the daily lives and experiences of ordinary people. Most of the essays are original to this volume, while a few are widely taught classics. All were chosen for their timeliness and interest, and are ideally suited for the classroom.

About the Author

Kathleen M. Adams is Professor of Anthropology at Loyola University Chicago. She is author of Art as Power: Recrafting Identities, Tourism and Power in Tana Toraja, Indonesia and editor (with Sara Dickey) of Home and Hegemony: Domestic Work and Identity Politics in South and Southeast Asia.

Kathleen A. Gillogly is Assistant Professor of Anthropology at the University of Wisconsin-Parkside.

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Introduction: Southeast Asia and Everyday Life

Part 1. Fluid Personhood: Conceptualizing Identities

1. Living in Indonesia without a Please or Thanks: Cultural Translations of Reciprocity and Respect / Lorraine V. Aragon

2. Toba Batak Selves: Personal, Spiritual, Collective / Andrew Causey

3. Poverty and Merit: Mobile Persons in Laos / Holly High

4. A Question of Identity: Different Ways of Being Malay and Muslim in Malaysia / Judith Nagata

Part 2. Family, Households, and Livelihoods

5. Maling: A Hanunóo Girl from the Philippines / Harold C. Conklin

6. Marriage and Opium in a Lisu Village in Northern Thailand / Kathleen Gillogly

7. Merit and Power in the Thai Social Order / Lucien M. Hanks, Jr.

Part 3. Crafting the Nation-State

8. Recording Tradition and Measuring Progress in the Ethnic Minority Highlands of Thailand / Hjorleifur Jonsson

9. Everyday Life and the Management of Cultural Complexity in Contemporary Singapore / John Clammer

10. Youth Culture and Fading Memories of War in Hanoi, Vietnam / Christina Schwenkel

Part 4. World Religions in Everyday Life: Buddhism, Islam, Hinduism, and Christianity

11. The Ordination of a Tree: The Buddhist Ecology Movement in Thailand / Susan M. Darlington

12. Javanese Women and the Veil / Nancy Smith-Hefner

13. Everyday Catholicism: Expanding the Sacred Sphere in the Philippines / Katharine L. Wiegele

Part 5. Communicating Ideas: Popular Culture, Arts, and Entertainment

14. Cultivating "Community" in an Indonesian Era of Conflict: Toraja Artistic Strategies for Promoting Peace / Kathleen M. Adams

15. The Fall of Thai Rocky / Pattana Kitiarsa

16. Everyday Life as Art: Thai Artists and the Aesthetics of Shopping, Eating, Protesting, and Having Fun / Sandra Cate

17. Eating Lunch and Recreating the Universe: Food and Cosmology in Hoi An, Vietnam / Nir Avieli

Part 6. War and Recovery

18. Living with the War Dead in Contemporary Vietnam / Shaun Kingsley Malarney

19. Producing the People: Exchange Obligations and Popular Nationalism / Elizabeth G. Traube

20. The Question of Collaborators: Moral Order and Community in the Aftermath of the Khmer Rouge / Eve Monique Zucker

Part 7. Global Processes and Shifting Ecological Relations

21. When the Mountains No Longer Mean Home / Chris Lyttleton

22. "They Do Not Like to Be Confined and Told What To Do": Schooling Malaysian Indigenes / Robert Knox Dentan, Anthony (Bah Tony) Williams-Hunt, and Juli Edo

23. Narratives of Agency: Sex Work in Indonesia's Borderlands / Michele Ford and Lenore Lyons

24. Just below the Surface: Environmental Destruction and Loss of Livelihood on an Indonesian Atoll / Gene Ammarell


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Adams, Kathleen M.
Indiana University Press
Gillogly, Kathleen A
Bloomington, IN
World History-Southeast Asia
Southeast Asia
Anthropology; Art and Architecture; Asia; Asian Studies; Ethnography; History; Islam; Religion; Sociology; Southeast Asia; Southeast Asia Religion
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