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Conservation and Development in Cambodia: Exploring Frontiers of Change in Nature, State and Society

Edition: 
ASEASUK News 58 (2015)
Number: 
7
Author Information: 
SARAH MILNE and SANGO MAHANTY (eds.)
Publication Information: 
(Earthscan Conservation and Development) Routledge, 2015 xx-292 pp. ISBN: 978-0-415-70680-3 hbk $145.00
Reviewed by: 
Neil Loughlin, SOAS, School of Oriental and African Studies

This book provides a comprehensive and multifaceted account of Cambodia’s experience of development, exploring the linkages and dynamics between development and conservation in terms of the relationships Cambodians have with nature and society.

Contemporary Islamic Law in Indonesia: Sharia and Legal Pluralism

Edition: 
ASEASUK News 58 (2015)
Number: 
6
Author Information: 
ARKSAL SALIM
Publication Information: 
Edinburgh University Press 2015 232 pp., ISBN: 9780748693337hbk £70.00
Reviewed by: 
Al Khanif, Faculty of Law, Jember University, Indonesia

This book is a version of Arskal Salim’s three-year engagement as a postdoctoral fellow at the Max Planck Institute Germany from 2006 to 2009. It is the continuation of previous examinations of legal pluralism in Indonesia (Ratno Lukito’s publication ‘Legal Pluralism in Indonesia’ published in 2013 arguably being one of the best examples). The main difference of the book at hand with the others is that Salim focuses on examining the interaction of Islamic law and other legal orders in Aceh province, which has not been discussed in such detail before.

A Critical Study of Thailand’s Higher Education Reforms: the culture of borrowing

Edition: 
ASEASUK News 58 (2015)
Number: 
5
Author Information: 
RATTANA LAO
Publication Information: 
Abingdon, New York: Routledge, 2015 210pp., ISBN 978-1-1138-02268-3 hbk US$160.00
Reviewed by: 
Elisa Brewis, UCL Institute of Education, University of London

This book follows on from Rattana Lao’s doctoral research, which focussed on recent quality policies in the Thai Higher Education sector (Lao 2012). Here, however, Lao analyses the evolution of Thai Higher Education reforms more broadly, spanning an entire century. Although it focuses on the education sector, the book could be described as an exploration of Thailand’s political, economic and cultural relationship with the West. In her own words, it ‘offers the possibility of using the field of education as a site to theorize the logic and structure of the Thai state’ (p. 188).

Tuked Rini, Cosmic Traveller. Life and Legend in the Heart of Borneo

Edition: 
ASEASUK News 58 (2015)
Number: 
4
Author Information: 
MONICA JANOWSKI
Publication Information: 
Nordic Institute of Asian Studies Monograph Series, No. 125, Copenhagen; and Sarawak Museum Kuching, 2014 viii +174 pp. Nias Press ISBN 978-87-7694-130-7 and Sarawak Museum ISBN 978-87-7694-130-6. £19.99
Reviewed by: 
Helen Godfrey, Independent Researcher

Written records and the pictorial tradition are key tools of human expression. So too, of course, are oral history or storytelling. In Janowski’s book we are presented with elements of all these, but it is oral history that forms the lynchpin of her work. Tuked Rini, Cosmic Traveller. Life and Legend in the Heart of Borneo, recounts part of a centuries old legend told in the longhouses of the Kelabit highlands of Borneo. Tuked Rini, a powerful, charismatic leader guides his people through his special skills and exemplary lessons.

Between harmony and discrimination: negotiating religious identities within majority-minority relationships in Bali and Lombok

Edition: 
ASEASUK News 58 (2015)
Number: 
3
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BRIGITTA HAUSER-SCHÄUBLIN and DAVID D. HARNISH (eds)
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Leiden: Brill, 2014 xvi+386 pp., hb ISBN 9789004271258, €126.00
Reviewed by: 
Michael Hitchcock, Goldsmiths, University of London

This fascinating collection of papers explores the varied expressions of faith and the interwoven relationships of peoples of different ethnicity and religious affiliation on the Indonesian islands of Bali and Lombok. The fact that it takes a book to examine just two relatively small Indonesian islands shows just how complex the country is in its entirety and, though the book is focused, extrapolations can be made to a certain extent for the country as a whole.

The Politics of Accountability in Southeast Asia: The Dominance of Moral Ideologies

Edition: 
ASEASUK News 58 (2015)
Number: 
2
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GARRY RODAN and CAROLINE HUGHES
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Oxford, Oxford University Press, 2014 230 pp, ISBN 978-0-19-870353-2, $99
Reviewed by: 
Michael Buehler, Department of Politics and International Studies, School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London

Among the many puzzles comparativists who work on Southeast Asian politics are trying to explain is why the countries in the region have followed very different political trajectories over the past decades. In his most recent book, Patrick Ziegenhain argues that mechanisms of political control differ between countries in Southeast Asia and that these differences explain the variegated patterns of democratization in the region. Concretely, Ziegenhain compares electoral, vertical and horizontal accountability mechanisms in Indonesia, the Philippines and Thailand.

Institutional Engineering and Political Accountability in Indonesia, Thailand and the Philippines

Edition: 
ASEASUK News 58 (2015)
Number: 
1
Author Information: 
PATRICK ZIEGENHAIN
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Singapore, Institute of Southeast Asian Studies, 2015 299 pp, ISBN 978-981-4515-00-9, $40.28
Reviewed by: 
Michael Buehler, Department of Politics and International Studies, School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London

Among the many puzzles comparativists who work on Southeast Asian politics are trying to explain is why the countries in the region have followed very different political trajectories over the past decades. In his most recent book, Patrick Ziegenhain argues that mechanisms of political control differ between countries in Southeast Asia and that these differences explain the variegated patterns of democratization in the region. Concretely, Ziegenhain compares electoral, vertical and horizontal accountability mechanisms in Indonesia, the Philippines and Thailand.

Dynamics of religion in Southeast Asia: magic and modernity

Edition: 
ASEASUK News 57 (2015)
Number: 
6
Author Information: 
VOLKER GOTTOWIK (ED.)
Publication Information: 
Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press, 2014 225 pp., hb ISBN 978 90 8964 424 4 € 79 / £64, e-ISBN 978 90 4851 627 8
Reviewed by: 
Michael Hitchcock, ICCE, Goldsmiths, University of London

This volume is a testament to the vigour of Southeast Asian Studies in Germany as nearly all the contributors to this edited book are based in Germany with one having an Austrian affiliation and another having an Australian one. It is even more remarkable that unlike some other European centres of Southeast Asian research, which have a colonial history to draw on with attendant resources, Germany was never a colonial power in the region.

‘Archaeologizing’ Heritage?: Transcultural Entanglements between Local Social Practices and Global Virtual Realities

Edition: 
ASEASUK News 57 (2015)
Number: 
5
Author Information: 
MICHAEL FALSER & MONICA JUNEJA (EDS.)
Publication Information: 
Springer, 2013. 287pp. ISBN 978-3-642-35870-8,€103.99; eBook €83.29.
Reviewed by: 
Keiko Miura, Waseda University, Tokyo

This book was developed out of the proceedings from the international and interdisciplinary workshop held in 2010 which aimed ‘to initiate a discussion on the historical formation of the notion of “archaeological heritage” and the contemporary challenges it faces as it negotiates the space between local social practices and virtual global realities’ (p. 2). This is an ambitious undertaking of demonstrating the appropriation of the past through studying the ‘archaeologization’ of heritage beyond spatiotemporal boundaries.

The Malaysian Islamic Party PAS 1951-2013: Islamism in a Mottled Nation

Edition: 
ASEASUK News 57 (2015)
Number: 
4
Author Information: 
FARISH A. NOOR
Publication Information: 
Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press, 2014 260pp. ISBN 978 90 04 8964 576 0 €89
Reviewed by: 
Kevin W. Fogg, University of Oxford

At a moment of much hemming and hawing about a possible future where the Malaysian opposition will come to power, about growing Islamic conservatism in Southeast Asia, and about networks of Islamist parties around the world, it is vitally important to understand the position and history of the Parti Islam Se-Malaysia (PAS, Pan-Malaysian Islamic Party). This book by Farish A. Noor of the Rajaratnam School of International Studies in Singapore is the right place to start.

 

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