Knowing Southeast Asian Subjects

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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.

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Editorial Reviews

Asian Affairs
[ Knowing Southeast Asian Subjects] advances the reflective nature of South East Asian studies in a new and different direction... there is much practical information and points for serious consideration raised in these essays, all by established and recognised scholars in their respective fields.
Journal of Asian Studies
Knowing Southeast Asian Subjects—a nice postmodern play on words—is concerned primarily with how, whether, and to what extent anyone can be said to 'know' the region (or perhaps anything else) with what needs to be called pre-postmodern assurance.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780295986838
  • Publisher: University of Washington Press
  • Publication date: 5/28/2007
  • Series: Critical Dialogues in Southeast Asian Studies
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 296
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Laurie J. Sears is professor of history at the University of Washington. The other contributors are Carlo Bonura, George Dutton, Judith A. N. Henchy, Ariel Heryanto, and Celia Lowe.

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Table of Contents

PrefaceIntroduction: Knowledges That Travel in Southeast Asian Area Studies / Carlo Bonura and Laurie J. Sears

Part I: Southeast Asian Subjects1. Postcolonial Identities, Feminist Criticism, and Southeast Asian Studies / Laurie J. Sears2. Can There Be Southeast Asians in Southeast Asian Studies? / Ariel Heryanto3. Recognizing Scholarly Subjects: Collaboration, Area Studies, and the Politics of Nature / Celia Lowe

Part II: Collaborations, Collections, Disciplines4. Southeast Asian Studies in the United States and Southeast Asia: Missing Links / George Dutton5. Disciplining Knowledge: Representing Resources for Southeast Asian Studies in the Libraries of the U.S. Academy / Judith A. N. Henchy6. Political Science, the Anxiety of Interdisciplinary Engagement, and Southeast Asian Studies / Carlo Bonura

BibliographyNotes on ContributorsIndex

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