Everyday Life in Southeast Asia

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  • Copyright: 2011-07-18
  • Publisher: Indiana Univ Pr

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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 insular 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.

Author Biography

Kathleen M. Adams is Professor of Anthropology at Loyola University Chicago. Kathleen A. Gillogly is Assistant Professor of Anthropology at the University of Wisconsin - Parkside.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsp. ix
Note on Transliterationp. xi
Mapsp. xiv
Introduction: Southeast Asia and Everyday Lifep. 1
Fluid Personhood: Conceptualizing Identitiesp. 9
Living in Indonesia without a Please or Thanks: Cultural Translations of Reciprocity and Respectp. 14
Toba Batak Selves: Personal, Spiritual, Collectivep. 27
Poverty and Merit: Mobile Persons in Laosp. 37
A Question of Identity: Different Ways of Being Malay and Muslim in Malaysiap. 47
Family, Households, and Livelihoodsp. 59
Maling, a Hanunˇo Girl from the Philippinesp. 65
Marriage and Opium in a Lisu Village in Northern Thailandp. 79
Merit and Power in the Thai Social Orderp. 89
Crafting the Nation-Statep. 101
Recording Tradition and Measuring Progress in the Ethnic Minority Highlands of Thailandp. 107
Everyday Life and the Management of Cultural Complexity in Contemporary Singaporep. 117
Youth Culture and Fading Memories of War in Hanoi, Vietnamp. 127
World Religions in Everyday Life: Buddhism, Islam, Hinduism, and Christianityp. 137
The Ordination of a Tree: The Buddhist Ecology Movement in Thailandp. 143
Javanese Women and the Veilp. 154
Everyday Catholicism: Expanding the Sacred Sphere in the Philippinesp. 165
Communicating Ideas: Popular Culture, Arts, and Entertainmentp. 177
Cultivating ˘Community÷ in an Indonesian Era of Conflict: Toraja Artistic Strategies for Promoting Peacep. 182
The Fall of Thai Rockyp. 195
Everyday Life as Art: Thai Artists and the Aesthetics of Shopping, Eating, Protesting, and Having Funp. 206
Eating Lunch and Recreating the Universe: Food and Cosmology in Hoi An, Vietnamp. 218
War and Recoveryp. 231
Living with the War Dead in Contemporary Vietnamp. 237
Producing the People: Exchange Obligations and Popular Nationalismp. 247
The Question of Collaborators: Moral Order and Community in the Aftermath of the Khmer Rougep. 258
Global Processes and Shifting Ecological Relationsp. 269
When the Mountains No Longer Mean Homep. 273
˘They Do Not Like to Be Confined and Told What to Do÷: Schooling Malaysian Indigenesp. 283
Narratives of Agency: Sex Work in Indonesia's Borderlandsp. 295
Just Below the Surface: Environmental Destruction and Loss of Livelihood on an Indonesian Atollp. 304
Referencesp. 317
Selected Film Resourcesp. 343
Contributorsp. 345
Indexp. 349
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