Southeast Asian Anthropologies

National Traditions and Transnational Practices

Edited by Eric C. Thompson and Vineeta Sinha

Southeast Asian Anthropologies

Edited by Eric C. Thompson and Vineeta Sinha

Distributed for National University of Singapore Press

328 pages | 6 x 9 | © 2019
Paper $36.00 ISBN: 9789814722964 Published July 2019 For sale in North and South America and China only

Anthropology is a flourishing discipline in Southeast Asia. Anthropologists in the region spent the second half of the twentieth century establishing the field, and now, as we move further into the twenty-first century, a new generation is working to shift the discipline from European and American narratives to a Southeast Asian locus.  There has been a vigorous debate and a wide range of suggestions on what might be done to break from the Euro-, andro-, hetero-, and other centrisms of the discipline and move to an emerging world anthropologies perspective. But actually transforming anthropology requires going beyond mere critique.

Southeast Asian Anthropologies outlines the practices and paradigms of anthropologists working from and within Southeast Asia. It addresses three overlapping issues: the historical development of unique traditions of research, scholarship, and social engagement across diverse anthropological communities of the region; the opportunities and challenges faced by Southeast Asian anthropologists as they practice their craft in different institutional and political contexts; and the emergence of locally grounded, intraregional, transnational linkages and practices undertaken by Southeast Asian-based anthropologists. It is a much-needed assessment of the state of the discipline that will be an invaluable tool for anthropologists navigating a new era of development and challenges.

Review Quotes
James J. Fox, Australian National University
“Anthropology is a sensitive barometer of social concerns, providing invaluable insights into national sensitivities. This volume offers a critical reading of these separate national barometers across the Southeast Asian region from Cambodia, Thailand, Vietnam, Malaysia, and Singapore to Indonesia and the Philippines. It gives a glimpse of both national and transnational research on a great variety of social formations in transition.”
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