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SAN7 Southeast Asia

Not offered in the academic year 2016-17.

This paper introduces students to a diverse array of theoretical and ethnographic issues in the history and contemporary life of the societies and cultures of Southeast Asia (focusing on Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam, and the Philippines).

Its key concerns are with the distinctive contributions made by anthropologists of Southeast Asia to fields of broad anthropological interest and debate, including the anthropology of the state, gender relations, theories of sovereignty, the anthropology of globalisation, and the relations between ‘world religion’ and local forms of faith and knowledge.

Specific topics covered may include:

  • transformations in kinship and intimacy
  • articulations of capitalism
  • political violence
  • memory
  • tradition, tourism, and cultural change
  • ritual
  • religious experience
  • the causes and consequences of environmental degradation
  • the ‘vernacularisation’ of socialism in Southeast Asia

Paper Resources

 

For lecture reading lists, additional teaching materials, past exam questions and exam reports for all ethnographic areas please see the SAN7 Moodle Course.

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If you are a member of the University of Cambridge and you wish to view the reading lists, past exam questions and exam reports then you can access the SAN7 Moodle Course as a guest. For more information on how to access Moodle Courses as a guest please see Moodle Help.