The peoples of Southeast Asia today : ethnography, ethnology, and change in a complex region / Robert L. Winzeler.

Winzeler, Robert L. [Browse]
Lanham, Md. : AltaMira Press, ©2011.
xv, 319 pages : illustrations, maps ; 23 cm


Summary note
"The Peoples of Southeast Asia Today offers an anthropological treatment of the ethnography and ethnology of Southeast Asia, covering both the mainland and the insular regions. Based on the proposition that Southeast Asia is a true culture area, the book offers background information on geography, languages, prehistory, and history, with a particular emphasis on the role of colonialism and the development of ethnic pluralism. It then turns to classic anthropological topics of interest, including modes of adaptation, ways of life, and religion, all illustrated with relevant, current case studies. Students will find well-supported discussions of subjects ranging from the development of agriculture and language dispersals, to fantasy and reality in hunter-gatherer studies, to disputed interpretations of Thai Buddhism and Javanese Islam, to ongoing government efforts to manage religion, create proper citizens, resettle and assimilate indigenous populations, end shifting cultivation, and promote modernization. "--Book jacket.
Bibliographic references
Includes bibliographical references and index.
  • 1. Introduction : Mainland and insular Southeast Asia and other contrasts ; Resources for the study of Southeast Asian peoples ; Ethnography and ethnology
  • 2. Prehistory and languages : The Negrito issue ; Transition to farming and the spread of languages ; Cultivation and the origin and dispersal of language groups ; Southeast Asia at the beginning of the common era
  • 3. Early states, civilization, and colonialism : Indic civilization in Southeast Asia ; Early states ; Colonialism ; The nature of colonialism ; Characteristics of colonial rule ; The end of colonial rule
  • 4. Ethnic complexity in modern Southeast Asia : Plural society ; Plural society in Malaysia ; Indians ; Chinese
  • 5. Hunter-gatherers, real and imagined : An overview ; Questions and controversies about Southeast Asian hunter-gatherers ; Hunter-gatherers as objects of interest, controversy, and concern ; Southeast Asian hunter-gatherers today
  • 6. Swidden farmers : Rice ; Tribal farmers
  • 7. Peasant farmers and their transformations : Development of rice cultivation in a Thai village ; Changes in peasant farming across Southeast Asia ; Agrarian developments in nonsocialist and socialist countries
  • 8. Indigenous religion : Animism ; Malevolent spirits and bad death ; Two-stage mortuary practices ; Spirit possession, spirit mediums, and shamanism ; Sorcery and witchcraft
  • 9. Religion, society, and the state : World religions and their characteristics in southeast Asia ; Anthropological study of world religions ; Disputes and disagreements about Islam and Buddhism; Religion and the state
  • 10. Religious conversion on the ethnic margins : The extent of conversion ; Colonialism and other interpretations of conversion ; Conversion, ethnicity, and development ; Consequences of conversion ; Conversion and marginalization
  • 11. Tourism and local peoples : The impact of tourism on local peoples ; Bali ; Longhouse tourism in Sarawak, Malaysia ; Ethnic tourism in northern mainland Southeast Asia
  • 12. Development for better or worse : Development and making people visible ; Development and classification ; Development and poverty ; Resettlement ; Land enclosures and the assault on swidden cultivation ; Development and houses ; Development and mobility.
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