Local and Global: Social Transformation in Southeast Asia: Essays in Honour of Professor Syed Hussein Alatas

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Globalization, modernization and colonialism have played a pivotal role in the social transformation of Southeast Asian societies. The essays in this volume examine three aspects of this transformation: social change and development, the role of intellectuals, religion and cultural values. The volume honours the distinguished Malaysian sociologist Syed Hussein Alatas and his seminal contributions to the sociology of Southeast Asian societies. They have been written by his present and former colleagues, friends and students. Their contributions, reflect, complement and extend the influence of his ideas on contemporary research and social science scholarship.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9789004141582
  • Publisher: Brill Academic Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 12/1/2004
  • Series: Social Sciences in Asia Series, #3
  • Pages: 346
  • Product dimensions: 6.34 (w) x 9.50 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Riaz Hassan, Ph.D. (1968) in Sociology, The Ohio State University, is Professor of Sociology at The Flinders University of South Australia. His research interests include sociology of Muslim Societies and Urban Sociology. His most recent book is Faithlines: Muslim Conceptions of Islam and Society (Oxford University Press, 2003).
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Table of Contents

1 Global knowledge : the epistemic culture of development 3
2 Is secularisation a global process? : an exercise in conceptual history 19
3 A question of identity : knowledge and the formation of post-colonial nation-states in Asia 31
4 Return of the lazy native : explaining Malay/immigrant labour transition in Terengganu plantation society 45
5 Islam, socialism and Marxism : clarifying incompatibilities 71
6 Academic freedom at the dawn of the new millennium : an Asian perspective 83
7 Scholars and the transformation of confucianism 97
8 Emerging intellectual traditions of the social sciences : the Malaysian-Asian agenda 133
9 Alatas and Shari'ati on socialism : autonomous social science and occidentalism 161
10 Nation-state reformulated : interrogating received wisdom 181
11 De-centring social sciences in practice through individual acts and choices 193
12 Values and development : some reflections 219
13 Syed Hussein Alatas and progressive Islam between the Middle East and Southeast Asia 237
14 Consciousness and polity in Southeast Asia : the long view 261
15 Institutional order and trust in religious institutions in Muslim societies 291
16 Religion and Utopian thinking among the Muslims of Southeast Asia 315
17 Meeting Hussein - 1958 331
App Selected publications of Syed Hussein Alatas 335
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