Everyday Life in Southeast Asia

Everyday Life in Southeast Asia

Edited by KATHLEEN M. Adams and KATHLEEN A. Gillogly
Distribution: Global
Publication date: 07/18/2011
Format: Paperback 15 b&w illus., 3 maps
ISBN: 978-0-253-22321-0
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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.

Author Bio

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.


“Engaging essays on the peoples, cultures, and societies of Southeast Asia introduce a region of tremendous geographic, linguistic, historical, and religious diversity.”

“With this volume, introducing students to the study of Southeast Asia has just become easier. Adams and Gillogly have assembled a wide-ranging collection of accessible and engaging articles about the region—all of which promise to work well in the classroom. I look forward to using it!”
 — Nancy Eberhardt, Knox College

“Wonderfully comprehensive yet vividly well-written. . . . If I were asked to recommend one book that captures the cultural legacies and emergent complexity of today's Southeast Asia, this gracious and dazzling book would be it.”
 — Robert W. Hefner, Boston University

“The pages [of Everyday Life in Southeast Asia] are packed with useful insight that can infuse the travelers [sic] journey (particularly if they explore areas off the beaten track) with an enlightening understanding of deeply rooted traditions still practiced throughout South East Asia. . . . [I]t is highly readable in both a casual and on-the-go context, and contains facts that will challenge the reader to re-assess their own cultural practices and observe those of others in a new light.”
 — ExpatGoMalaysia.com

“This book offers an exceedingly rich conucopia of stories, themes, and analytical insights into contemporary southeast Asia. Moreover, it is a pleasure to read. Many edited collections in the social sciences aim ar at least claim to appeal to an audience beyond specialists. Everyday Life in Southeast Asia is one of the rare collections compiled and written by academics that should indeed speak to a broad audience as an introduction to the societies and peoples of one of the world's most richly diverse regions. Specialists, too, will take pleasure and find insights in this book. ”
 — Sojourn

“One of the main contributions of this volume is its ability to unite extremely disparate topics under clearly defined theoretical themes. As such, it makes a wonderful textbook, not just for anthropology students, but also for those taking courses in the sociology, history and politics of South East Asia. ”
 — South East Asia Research

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Table of Contents

Note on Transliteration
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

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