Knowing Southeast Asian Subjects.

Sears, Laurie J (ed.).

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These essays address such concerns as anthropology’s examination of its own engagement with colonialism; acknowledgement of the ties of modern area studies to geopolitical campaigns and priorities; and debates arising out of cultural studies over cultural relativism and the necessary contingency of knowledge production. A scholarly collection.


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The essays in Knowing Southeast Asian Subjects ask how the rising preponderance of scholarship from Southeast Asia is de-centering Southeast Asian area studies in the United States. The contributions address recent transformations within the field and new directions for research, pedagogy, and institutional cooperation. Contributions from the perspectives of history, anthropology, cultural studies, political theory, and libraries pose questions ranging from how a concern with postcolonial and feminist questions of identity might reorient the field to how anthropological work on civil society and Islam in Southeast Asia provides an opportunity for comparative political theorists to develop more sophisticated analytic approaches. A vision common to all the contributors is the potential of area studies to produce knowledge outside a global academic framework that presumes the privilege and even hegemony of Euro-American academic trends and scholars.

Book Details

Author Sears, Laurie J (ed.).
Format PB
Series Title Critical Dialogues in Southeast Asian Studies
Publisher University of Washington Press
Imprint University of Washington Press
Number of Pages 296
Illustrations 1 maps,
Publish Date 8/05/2007
Catalogue Dec18
Catalogue book number 6