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Title: 'South-East Asia: A Political Profile' Damien Kingsbury: (Melbourne: Oxford University Press, 2001)
Contributor(s): Brown, Andrew John (author)
Publication Date: 2002
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Abstract: Locating good general texts that can be used in teaching both introductory and more advanced undergraduate units on the history, society and politics of South-East Asia is difficult. This is especially the case if one wants a text that self-consciously situates itself within a broader body of theoretical discussion and debate. To some extent, this ambitious volume by Kingsbury fits the bill. In part 1, comprised of 4 Chapters, the author discusses and defines a number of key concepts that are used throughout the text. In Part II (5 Chapters) and Part 3 (6 Chapters), the author offers a descriptive political history of each state in South-East Asia, including the newest state of East Timor. As the author makes clear, this is not a text for the specialist. Rather, it has been written for those with little or prior knowledge of the history and politics of the region. Generally, speaking, Kingsbury has produced a book that achieves its stated objectives. However, although I would include this book as a general reference for my students, I would not set it as a main text. There are three main reasons for this assessment.
Publication Type: Review
Source of Publication: Journal of Contemporary Asia, 32(3), p. 421-423
Publisher: Routledge
Place of Publication: Oxfordshire
ISSN: 0047-2336
Field of Research (FOR): 160606 Government and Politics of Asia and the Pacific
HERDC Category Description: D3 Review of Single Work
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