The Sociology of Southeast Asia

The Sociology of Southeast Asia : Transformations in a Developing Region

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This essential text fills a glaring gap in the social science of South-East Asia with its comprehensive and integrated treatment of the important sociological and political economy writings on the region. Using case studies from across the region, King examines wider processes of change in relation to theories of modernization, underdevelopment and globalization and covers a wide range of themes including class, ethnicity and gender, and locates local-level issues and processes in the context of more general political, economic and cultural transformations. An essential undergraduate text and a useful postgraduate reference. One of the main problems faced by teachers and students who have a scholarly interest in South-East Asia is the lack of general, user-friendly texts in the social sciences. The absence of an introduction to the sociology of South-East Asia is especially unfortunate. It is the aim of this volume to meet these needs.
This is, then, the first sole-authored introductory sociology text on South-East Asia that focuses on change and development in the region, provides an overview of the important sociological and political economy writings, and considers the key concepts and themes in the field since 1945. Some multi-authored works do exist but these are either outdated or focus on specialized topics. Aimed primarily at undergraduates up to the final year, this will also be a useful reference work for postgraduates and researchers who lack such a general work.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 352 pages
  • 152 x 228 x 19mm
  • Copenhagen, Denmark
  • 8791114608
  • 9788791114601
  • 1,719,723

Table of contents

Preface; Acknowledgements; 1. Introduction: The Sociology of a Diverse Region; 2. The Sociological Context; 3. Modernization and Post-War Social Change; 4. Underdevelopment and Dependency; 5. Social Class, the State and Political Economy; 6. Ethnicity and Society; 7. Patronage and Corruption; 8. Asian Values and Social Action; 9. Transformations in the World of Work: Gender Issues; 10. Transformations in Urban Worlds; 11. Conclusion: Modernity, Globalization and the Future; References; Index
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Review quote

'Victor King has produced a lucid, comprehensive and challenging analysis of the state-of-the-art of Southeast Asian sociology. The book is not only an excellent text book for courses on Southeast Asia or development sociology, but also "required reading" for all social scientists embarking on research on the area. I am certain it will become a long-lasting addition to the standard literature on Asia.' (Hans-Dieter Evers, Emeritus Professor of Sociology, Bielefeld University, now at Bonn University)
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About Victor T. King

Victor T. King is Professor of South East Asian Studies and Executive Director of the White Rose East Asia Centre at the University of Leeds. He has published widely in the field of Southeast Asian studies, especially in the sociology of change and development and in social and cultural anthropology.
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